World Shorebirds Day
A celebration of shorebirds
Some 50% of the world’s shorebird species are in decline, and vital habitat is being lost at a higher rate than ever. We urgently need to raise public awareness around the world of these imperilled birds’ plight and the need for shorebird conservation and research.
Healthy populations of shorebirds depend on healthy habitats. Destruction of habitats, killing migrating shorebirds, global climate issues, public ignorance and many more factors are resulting in downward trends of most shorebird populations.
Urgent action on a global scale is needed more than ever, to help connect people and shorebirds.
World Shorebirds Day has been created with the following aims:
To raise awareness of the need to protect shorebirds and their habitats throughout their life cycles;
To raise public awareness of the need for continued shorebird research, monitoring, and conservation;
To connect people with shorebirds through wetland sites around the world;
Gyorgy Szimuly is a Hungarian birder and conservationist. For the past 35 years, he has focused on global shorebird conservation, bird monitoring, wetlands restoration, and shorebird population ecology.
Convinced that the world’s shorebirds deserved a day of celebration, he created the non-organisational World Shorebirds Day, observed every year in early September in conjunction with a Global Shorebird Counts. Today, it is a widely accepted and supported commemoration day.