By Chris King • 09 October 2021 • 4:56
World Migratory Bird Day celebrated by the Andalucian government.
image: junta de andalucia
World Migratory Bird Day is Saturday, October 9, and is being celebrated by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, and Sustainable Development, together with companies and local organisations.
This year’s official motto is, “Sing, fly and rise like birds!”, and the aim in 2021 is to focus on the phenomena of bird song and flight. This will be achieved by inviting people to use their own voices and creativity to express their appreciation for birds and nature. It is an effective way to connect those who seek to protect birds and their habitat.
Migratory birds are great global ambassadors of nature, who not only connect different places on the planet, but also reconnect humans with nature, by listening to their songs and observing their flight wherever they are. This might be from urban parks to forests, and mountains, or while passing through wetlands and coastal areas.
As in previous editions, the Ministry celebrates this event with activities aimed at recognising the extraordinary role of migratory birds for the functioning of ecosystems and sustainable life on Earth. These roles include seed dispersal, pollination, pest control, and many other things.
The Ministry also wants to encourage learning about natural cycles, thanks to the seasonal movements of migratory birds. In the same way, it becomes an opportunity to promote ornithological tourism, research, and environmental education. Plus, of course, to observe birds in their natural habitat, both in the countryside and in the cities.
World Migratory Bird Day is celebrated around the world on two key days of the year – the second Saturday in May, and the second Saturday in October. Incredibly, is the only existing international awareness and education program to commemorate the journeys of dozens of species of birds along the main migratory routes of the world.
Some of the best places to commemorate this day in Andalucia are the wetlands, as they are home to the most productive ecosystems on the planet. They contain a rich biodiversity, and at the same time, very fragile ecosystems, that are highly sensitive to alterations.
This wealth is derived from its proximity to the Strait of Gibraltar, an area of compulsory passage for a multitude of migratory species. Here, the birds take advantage of the Andalucian wetlands as refuge points, and rest or refueling areas during long migratory movements.
Many of these species also choose Andalucia to carry out their reproduction, so the conservation of these humid areas is of the utmost importance. The protected natural areas of Andalucia will join in with the commemoration of World Migratory Bird Day 2021 by carrying out free activities for all audiences, as reported by juntadeandalucia.es.
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Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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