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On 10 October 2020, the Philippines will join the international community in the observance of the World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD). The WMBD is globally celebrated every second Saturdays of May and October annually to raise awareness on the conservation needs of migratory birds, their habitats, and their ecological importance. In the Philippines, WMBD is observed every October in time for the arrival of migratory birds in the country.

The theme for the 2020 World Migratory Bird Day is “Birds Connect Our World” which highlights the importance of conserving and restoring the ecological connectivity and integrity of ecosystems that support the natural cycles that are essential for the survival and well-being of migratory birds and people. The theme also underlines the fact that migratory birds are part of our shared natural heritage and they depend on a network of sites along their migration routes for breeding, feeding, resting, and overwintering (CMS, 2020).

In celebration of this year's World Migratory Bird, the Biodiversity Management Bureau and conservation partners, will be conducting the following webinars that will highlight the importance of conserving and restoring the ecological connectivity and integrity of ecosystems that support the natural movements of migratory birds:

 

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On October 9, 2020, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, the Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands (SCPW) will conduct a webinar which highlights the harmony of farming communities and migratory birds. This will primarily reach out to local government officers in agricultural and environment and natural resources offices of local governments in Candaba Wetlands and agricultural students in the Pampanga State Agricultural University (PSAU). This will bring light to understanding the link between conserving the wetland (especially as habitats for migratory birds) and the health and well-being of people.

Register here: http://bit.ly/WorldMigratoryBirdDay2020

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On October 10, 2020 starting at 10:00 AM, SCPW will also conduct an online storytelling for kids around level Grade 1-2. This aims to instill the importance of migratory birds and conservation in the minds of young children, and that people can do something to help protect them and their habitats.

Register here: http://bit.ly/AdventureWithMigratoryBirds

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Also on October 10, starting at 1:00 PM, a webinar titled "Stories from the ASEAN Flyway Network" will be held led by the Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Foundation, Inc. (PBCFI) and Eco Explorations. This will highlight the designated and proposed East Asian-Australasian Flyway (EAAF) network sites in the country to raise awareness on the status of migratory birds and the current environmental and management issues/challenges in these sites to complement current efforts and promote ecological connectivity, functionality, cooperation and the conservation of migratory species.

Register here: http://bit.ly/worldmigratorybirdday2020

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