World Migratory Bird Day
Several thousand species of birds are on long-distance flights, time to remember wonderful fact on May 14 during the celebration of World Migratory Bird Day. Winged travelers change habitats to find a satisfying feeder. The standard scheme for heat-loving birds is to fly with winter’s onset to countries with a warm climate. Winter ends, feathered inhabitants return to former places, and reproduce in favorable conditions.
The holiday was approved in 2006 on the initiative of environmental protection societies. In accordance with specifics of the remarkable event in 2018, it was proposed to celebrate holiday in May and October.
Migration takes resources, and forces. Birds prepare for flight carefully, obeying not forced situational decision, but powerful natural instinct. Metabolism adapts. The process and time of shedding plumage are changing.
- Need to migrate is inherent in psychology of living beings by genes. It is felt by birds not change habitat.
- During journey, birds continue to participate unwittingly in pollination of plants, and feed on insects. Beneficial effect on area’s condition: pests are destroyed, droppings fertilize the soil.
- During migration, birds «activate» mechanism responsible for the ability to navigate in space, to determine the direction of movement.
On holiday, be curious which frequently encountered birds are native, and which ones arrived and will soon leave. If the process is fascinating, start keeping diary with bird-watching records, and interesting activities. Install feeders easily constructed from cans, plastic/wood, fixed on bushes, and tree trunks. Take care of nature!
When is World Migratory Bird Day celebrated in 2022?
World Migratory Bird Day is observed on the second Saturday in May.