Bird Day LIVE
About The Festival
Kid Friendly Sessions

Keep children entertained with our kid-friendly sessions, from story times to movies to a costume competition.

Spanish sessions

Spanish speaking communities are a huge part of the Bird Day tradition. That's why we have a variety of sessions in Spanish.

Visit event booths to find beautiful art, learn about bird rehab, and more.

For a limited time, we bring you Albatross, an award-winning film about the impacts of plastics on the birds of Midway Island.

World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is a global event that celebrates the phenomenon of bird migrations and serves as a call to action to protect the birds we share. Environment for the Americas organizes WMBD in the Americas, connecting people to bird conservation from Canada to Argentina and the Caribbean. WMBD is officially celebrated on the second Saturday in May (May 9, 2020) and the second Saturday in October each year (October 10, 2020). Because of the nature of bird migrations, however, on-the-ground events take place year-round. Every Day is Bird Day!

Click here to learn more about the history of WMBD.

Featured Sessions

Guido Berguido Guido Berguido is a certified bird guide, a field researcher, and an amazing educator. Join him in Panama's tropical rainforest. Títeres Tirintin A puppet show shares the animal world. Wenfei Tong Wenfei began watching birds at age 12 in Singapore and her fascination has traveled with her around the globe. Miguel Matta Miguel will test your bird knowledge in a series of quizzes to air on May 9th. Get ready!
The Festival Schedule

All times are in Eastern Time (ET)

Salt flats are important to migratory birds. Let's head to one in Puerto Rico for a look! This recorded video will share an important stopover site for birds. 

A biologist with a PhD in Conservation and Management of Natural Resources from the Universidad Ana G. Mendez, Sheylda Diaz describes herself as a mother trying to leave a better world for her children and an activist, trying to set an example with actions on how to achieve conservation goals.

Join us for the first day of World Migratory Bird Day LIVE! We start the day in Costa Rica with presentations from our partners. 

Aves Uruguay works to protect migratory shorebirds in the Laguna de Rocha, an Important Bird Area. Join us for insights into their efforts. 

Vanessa Fallas of the organization Guaravito will share the increase of forests in Costa Rica, as other Central American countries are losing forests. 

Wetland habitats are important to migratory birds. Lilliam shares how her community works to protect and maintain them to protect migratory and resident birds. 

 

Presented in Spanish with English translation. 

Travel to Ecuador and meet Gonzalo Nazati, artist and conservationist who works with Aves Quito. He uses his art to connect people to birds. 

 

In Spanish with English translation. 

Join youth from across the Western Hemisphere, including Mexico, Guatemala, and Brazil, to learn about how the next generation is learning about birds and working to protect them.

Margarita Martinez takes us on a tour of what is known as one of the most important private collections in the world. It contains 8000 scientific volumes in the library,more than 83,000 anatomical specimens, and more than 80,000 skins.

Bird festivals raise awareness of the importance of habitats and regions to the protection of birds. Colombia's Caribbean region supports more than 80 waterbird species, and the bird festival supports ecotourism, gives the community a voice in conservation, and provides an important educational opportunity.

Provita is a non-profit organization in Venezuela that works with the Smithsonian, American Bird Conservancy, and other organizations to produce coffee in a region important to migratory and resident bird species. Do you drink bird-friendly coffee? Learn how your morning cup of joe can help birds. 

La colisión con ventanas es una de las amenazas más grandes y frecuentes para las aves. En la región de América Central existen pocos estudios sobre las especies más vulnerables a colisionar con ventanas y posibles soluciones. Nuestro objetivo fue determinar la diversidad y abundancia de especies que chocan contra los edificios de la Universidad de Costa Rica. Se realizaron caminatas en los alrededores de los edificios de la Universidad de Costa Rica, tres veces a la semana desde octubre hasta noviembre de 2018 y 2019 en las mañanas. Edificios con tamaños, arquitecturas y locaciones cercanas como el de Ciencias Sociales e Ingeniería presentan diferente cantidad de impactos. El edificio donde se encontró la mayor cantidad de cadáveres fue el de Ciencias Sociales. Se encontraron 37 especies de aves muertas, con Catharus ustulatus como la especie más abundante. Construcciones nuevas con diseños más altos y con ventanales grandes fueron los que presentaron la mayor cantidad de colisiones. Las soluciones implementadas no parecen disminuir las colisiones con ventanas como calcomanía de siluetas de aves en ventanas. La mayor cantidad de especies que chocaron con los edificios fueron migratorias que se ven más afectadas por edificios nuevos en sus rutas migratorias.

Bryan Lenz of the American Bird Conservancy works with communities and businesses to make migration safer for birds. He will share the impact of collisions on birds and how we can help reduce collisions.

Join a live, interactive presentation on Northern Pintails and how to sketch them. Led by ornithologist Lisa Sorenson and nature artist Christine Elder. 

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Emy Peña shares a story from Panama, "The Enchanted Lagoon." This presentation will be in Spanish.

Each year, nearly 1 billion migratory birds die from colliding with man-made structures. The City and County of Denver is looking to reduce that number. Lights Out Denver is an initiative of the City and County of Denver and its partners to improve bird conservation throughout the city by making buildings more bird friendly to reduce collisions. We believe that through legislation, partnerships, and community involvement, we can make Denver a safer place for birds. Learn about this initiative and how you can implement a lights out program.

"La Ruta de las Aves" shares the importance of birds and conserving their habitats through education. Come to Chile and learn about their programs. “La Ruta de las Aves” es una iniciativa que busca concienciar sobre el valor de las aves migratorias y playeras, además de difundir la importancia de conservar sus hábitats a través de la educación ambiental itinerante.

Experts from the Caribbean present about key conservation issues on the islands, from storms and the illegal pet trade to loss of habitat. 

A puppet show for all ages about the Fork-tailed Flycatcher. Elenco de títeres “Tirintintin” Presentación de títeres acerca de una historia de trasfondo inspirado en Tyrannus savana.

By day, Dr. Oscar Cardenas is a professor. By night, he is a DJ who spreads the word about science, birds, and conservation with the public. 

El programa “A Ciencia Cierta” es un espacio radiofónico que se transmite todos los miércoles a partir de las 19:00 hrs a través de Radio Universidad de Guadalajara en Autlán de Navarro, Jalisco, por el 102.3 de FM y a través de internet por http://udgtv.com/radioudg/autlan. Contamos con una página en Facebook llamada “A Ciencia Cierta” (https://www.facebook.com/ACienciaCiertaUdeG) por la cual transmitimos video en vivo de la transmisión de radio. El título del programa alusivo al “Día Mundial de las aves Migratorias” será “Día mundial de las aves migratorias: las aves nos conectan desde Autlán para el mundo”.

Corbidi is a non-profit organization that protects  the 61 species of shorebirds in Peru. Get some tips on how to identifying this often confusing group of birds!

 

En Perú ocurren 61 especies de aves playeras, en esta sesión abordaremos los principios básicos para identificar aves playeras residentes y migratorias.

Environment for the Americas and Optics for the Tropics contribute binoculars to biologists and educators who host World Migratory Bird Day events. Caribbean Coordinator Sheylda Diaz will announce the 2020 recipients. 

Las Aves de la Luna que Borran las Fronteras y Enlazan Comunidades ~ Nuestra experiencia desde el Area Natural Protegida Bahía de San Antonio, Argentina.

A fines de los ochenta y debido al proyecto de una fábrica de Soda Solvay descubrimos la importancia de Bahía de San Antonio como humedal sostén para el 25 al 50% de la población de Tierra del Fuego de Calidris canutus rufa. Así comenzamos a investigar sus rutas y supervivencia a lo largo del Continente que más tarde mostraron estar amenazadas, conectando por primera vez la dimensión humana. A través de la historia del Ave de la Luna B95 mostraremos sus limitantes poblacionales y las responsabilidades del manejo de nuestros hábitats. Ante la imperiosa necesidad de sensibilizar a la comunidad, inicialmente desde la Fundación Inalafquen enfrentamos las amenazas tradicionalmente con campañas educativas en escuelas, la creación de un Centro de Interpretación y gestiones ante las autoridades. A partir de 2009 con la Campaña de Orgullo junto a Rare Conservation, incorporamos la metodología del mercadeo para la conservación, con festivales, la participación de una mascota y actividades artísticas. Compartiremos nuestra experiencia con nuevos actores y mayor peso en la dimensión humana alcanzando resultados positivos en forma sostenida, siendo además fuente de inspiración para quienes trabajan por la conservación de las aves y humedales en otros sitios del mundo.

Due to the incipient project of a Soda Ash factory in the late eighties we discovered the importance of Bahía de San Antonio as critical site for the 25 to 50% of the Tierra del Fuego rufa red knot population. Thus we began to investigate their flyway and survival along the Continent that later showed us to be under threat, connecting for first time the human dimension. Through the tale of Moonbird B95, we will show their population limitations and our responsibilities in the management of habitats. Under the urgent need to create awareness in the community, from Fundación Inalafquen first we faced the threats in a traditional way: with educational campaigns at schools, the creation of a Shorebird Interpretation Center and negotiating with the authorities. Since 2009, together with Rare Conservation with the development of a Pride Campaign, we adopted a marketing approach to conservation, which included festivals, the participation of a mascot, and artistic activities. Here we will share our experience with new social actors and increased emphasis on the human dimension allowing the achievement of steady and positive results, inspirating several institutions that work in shorebird and wetland conservation in the World.

Join us a for a discussion (see registration below) about Audrey Peterman's book, "From My Jamaican Gully to the World." “From My Jamaican Gully and the World” This book is a story of childhood wonder and grown-up discovery of adventure in love and nature. Mrs. Peterman traces her passion for the beauty of natural places and the environment back to her gully in Jamaica where she spent countless hours playing with friends, watching the janga fish and bobbing for mangoes floating downstream.

Purchase your book in paperback or for kindle on Amazon.  

Please register to attend this session, which will not be livestreamed. 

Register here

English

Programa de Aves Urbanas (PAU) is a successful network of educators. They will present activities and information all day. Travel across the country with them and meet PAU coordinators!

Mexico's folk dances are beautiful and reflect the country's rich history. Join us in a live presentation in full costume. We will also view a video of an artist doing his woodwork. 

 

Es un mosaico de bailes folclóricos mexicanos que representa la biodiversidad de México a través de una expresión artística tan exquisita como es la danza, con el objetivo de dar a conocer la riqueza nacional de estilos dancísticos fundamentados en flora y fauna, mismos que desde hace un par de siglos son interpretados en el territorio mexicano con la finalidad de expresar la cultura, historia y tradiciones.

El Ballet de la Escuela de Bellas Artes de Jilotepec nos engalana con la presentación de una estampa conformada por bailes basados en aves mexicanas como el Querreque (Melanerpes formicivorus), Pichito amoroso (Quiscalus mexicanus), Alcaraván (Burhinus bistriatus), Jarabe Mixteco El Aguilucho (Circus cyaneus), El Palomo (Probablemente Patagioenas flavirostris) y El Zopilote (Coragyps atratus) y Popurrí Guerrero El Patito (Pijije de Alas Blancas Dendrocygna autumnalis) y El Zopilote (Coragyps atratus), Calabaceado, La Llorona, el Polvorete, Luz y sombra y el Jarabe tapatío.

El pirograbado (del griego  piros = fuego y graphos = escritura) es una antigua técnica de dibujo que consiste en usar el fuego para grabar diferentes superficies. Actualmente se emplea un pirógrafo eléctrico con una punta metálica que permite regular el calor aplicado y por lo tanto conseguir distintas tonalidades del marrón suave al negro absoluto en el quemado. Para esta ocasión emplearemos un pirógrafo de la marca MEF, con 10 niveles de quemado. Trabajaremos sobre un disco de madera de pino, previamente lijado, sobre el cual trazaremos nuestro chorlito nevado. El trazo se hará con una técnica llamada transferencia, que consiste en desprender la tinta de una impresión y pasarla a la superficie de interés. Una vez que tengamos el trazo, procederemos con el quemado del mismo. Para finalizar agregaremos un acabado de barniz color maple sobre los bordes de la madera y firmaremos la pieza. El pirograbado tiene la virtud de ser indeleble.

Meet young people ages 8 - 18 years of age who are passionate about birds, birdwatching, and bird conservation. 

10-10:15 - Isaiah Scott: Diversity and Inclusion in Birding: Where do we go from here?

10:15 - 10:30 - Fiona Clare Gillogly: A Birder's Brain on Paper: How keeping a nature journal improves our birding experience.

10:30 - 10:45 - Lara Tseng: How birds help me grow as an aspiring scientist and conservationist.

Daniela Souza, Mexico's World Migratory Bird Day Coordinator, will announce the recipients of PAU and Environment for the Americas' Outstanding Educator Awards. Each recipient will receive binoculars, contributed by Optics for the Tropics.

English

Watch on Facebook Live

Dr. Arizmendi is motivating pollinator gardens across Mexico for the benefit of hummingbirds and other pollinators. Meet her in Mexico to learn more!

Salt ponds can benefit shorebirds. Julia Salazar works to protect shorebirds in salt ponds in Honduras and will present her work.

Speakers:

“Historia de un ave migratoria” es un cuento breve con teatro de sombras donde hay dos personajes principales: un Chipe Corona Negra (especie migratoria) y un Gran Búho Gris (especie residente de Canadá) que platican antes y después de la migración del chipe, quien vive varios retos al viajar desde Canadá hasta México y regresar. Concluyen que es una gran aventura y que se puede migrar exitosamente siempre y cuando encuentren sitios de descanso, de alimentación y amabilidad de los humanos para ayudar a las aves. Al final, los asistentes harán un títere de sombra con base en un patrón que se enviará en PDF usando materiales sencillos que se tengan en casa.

Many waterbirds move seasonally within the major river basins of tropical South America. Multi-species avian flyways have been documented for parts of Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia, but very little is known about annual movements of birds within the Neotropics. To study the intra-tropical migration of waterbirds here, we are tracking two sandbank-dependent species, the Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) and the Orinoco Goose (Neochen jubata), using satellite telemetry. Tagging sites are spread across Amazonian rivers and adjacent biomes. We provide tracking results that demonstrate a migratory convergence between seemingly disparate populations of Orinoco Geese and skimmers of western Amazonia, but divergent migrations for some populations of Black Skimmers. Orinoco Geese from Peru and the Rio Juruá, Brazil all migrate to the Llanos de Moxos, Bolivia, each year after breeding. Skimmers from two western sites undertook migrations across the Andes after the breeding season, using identical stopover beaches both east and west of the high Peruvian Andes. Some skimmers use the Paraná Basin as a flyway, an important route for many waterbirds heading to Atlantic coastal sites. The insights gained into avian flyways and stopovers for these two species allow us to pinpoint potential sites for targeting conservation efforts.

English

Watch on Facebook Live

Dr. Sarahy Contreras and Martín Lopez will take you on a bird walk in two habitats in Western Mexico. 

Join us for the opening of the official World Migratory Bird Day!

Scott Pursner of the Taiwan Wild Bird Federation connects us to the birds of Taiwan in this 30 minute video presentaion. 

 

Our Youth Forum continues as young people speak out for birds and their conservation across the Americas! 

Mariamercedes Antezana Aponte

Emily Cobar, Los Angeles, CA

Yemay Toro López

Pablo Muñoz

Daniela Souza, Mexico

Mishael Rivera

Guido Berguido, Director and Founder of the conservation organization Adopta Bosque in Panama, will announce the recipients of Optics for the Tropics binoculars for their work promoting migratory bird conservation through World Migratory Bird Day.

English and Spanish

Watch on Facebook Live

Julio Ariel Milat of the Muséo Ornitológico de Berisso in Argentina studies migratory shorebirds in Argentina and will discuss the threats to shorebirds.

Spanish

Meet artist Jorge Coll of Venezuela and learn about his bird art. 

Spanish

Speakers:

Dr. Lisa Sorenson, Director of BirdsCaribbean, will share information about migratory birds and their conservation across the Caribbean. 

Fabiola Favela is the Coordinator of Amigos Alados, a dynamic program that connects youth in Mexico with students in the United States in a study of birds and bird conservation. Learn how the program works and its successes. 

 

Spanish

Citizen science in Costa Rica helps to protect rivers and their surrounding habitats, helping provide safe places for resident and migratory birds. This is an active, community conservation project.

Meet experts in bird tracking from across the Americas and learn how the information they gather informs and benefits bird conservation. We will focus on some of our 2020 World Migratory Bird Day bird species, such as the Purple Martin, Calliope Hummingbird, and American Kestrel. English and Spanish

David Schimel, USA: A View from Space

Enver Ortiz Lopez: Peru: Banding Shorebirds in Peru - 9 years of tracking

David LaPuma, USA: Avian Tracking in the Age of the Internet of Wildlife

Yvan Satagé: Migrations of an endangered Caribbean seabird

Gina Kent, USA: Tracking technologies for bird research

Nick Bayly, Colombia: Rastreando aves entre continentes / Tracking Birds Across Continents

Joe Siegrist, USA: Tracking Purple Martins using weather radar

Sarahy Contreras Martinez, Mexico: Técnicas de monitoreo para la conservación de los colibríes / Techniques for monitoring hummingbirds for conservation 

Kashmir Wolf, Mexico: Veracruz and the River of Raptors

 

Meet Gavi the Gull through this tale of Argentina's crab eating gull. Ana Santander is an educator with the non-profit organization Huerto los Ayamanes. 

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Learn some tips for identifying some of the most difficult migratory shorebirds. This workshop will be led by Priscila Pellissier, the Education Director of Playeras de Péru.

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Sherrie York developed the art for World Migratory Bird Day 2020. We thank her for her contribution to our activities this year!

Dr. Alex Jahn will share his 20 years of research on migratory birds and how birds connect our world's ecosystems. 

Speakers:

Miguel Matta, the World Migratory Bird Day Latin America Coordinator, and Joni Ellis, Founder and Director of Optics for the Tropics, will announce the South American recipients of our annual World Migratory Bird Day recognition. 

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A big thank you to all who have participated in World Migratory Bird Day 2020!

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Join a live, interactive presentation on Northern Pintailsandhowto sketh them. Led by ornithologist Lisa Sorenson and nature artist Christine Elder. 

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Dr. Ann Sutton of Jamaica provides information about migratory birds, their importance, and the need for their conservation. Learn about threats to their populations and their habitats. Join via Zoom at: Meeting ID 886 8543 5275 Passcode: 314782 or Pre-register by emailing [email protected]

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