Life for Falcons project celebrates the World Migratory Bird Day on 14th of October in Sofia

Oct. 10, 2023
WMBD 2023
On 14th of October from 9 till 16 BSPB team of the Life for Falcons will celebrate the World Migratory Bird Day with an event in the Borisova gradina (near the Lillies pond).

This year the topic of the day is water and its significance in the birds’ life. The vast majority of migratory birds rely on aquatic ecosystems for feeding, drinking, or nesting, and also as places to rest and refuel during their long journeys. Unfortunately, aquatic ecosystems are becoming increasingly threatened around the world and so are the migratory birds that depend on them. The increasing human demand for water, as well as pollution and climate change, are having a direct impact on the availability of clean water and the conservation status of many migratory birds.

On 14th of October from 9 till 16 BSPB team together with volunteers will tell the visitors of the part more about the miracle of the birds migration and about the different migratory species. At 9:30, 11 and 12:30 there will be organized birdwatching walks. At the info point of the BSPB we will collecting donation for the Wings for Land campaign dedicated to the conservation of the Imperial eagle, Saker falcon and European souslik.

Crossing thousands of kilometers by the migratory birds is not only a physical trial but also a struggle against the anthropogenic threats such as illegal shooting, changes in the habitats, disturbance, electrocution, collisions with wind turbines and powerlines, etc. Creating favourable conditions for the safe annual migration is a goal of many projects, implemented by the BSPB and other NGOs. We have been working for many years together to create a safe flyway for different species, such as the Red-breasted goose, Egyptian vulture, Lesser Spotted eagle and Dalmatian pelican. These actions support the conservation and restoration also of the Saker Falcon, White Stork, Bee-eater and many more species.

We invite everyone who loves birds and nature to celebrate together the biggest event in their lives. As mr. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations says: As they travel the globe, migratory birds lift our spirits and remind us of nature, connecting people, ecosystems and nations. [...] World Migratory Bird Day is an opportunity to appreciate migratory birds and the Earth’s natural cycles that are so important for human well-being.