A group of Belgian birdwatchers celebrating WBMD in Armenia © ASPB
World Migratory Bird Day (WBMD) is an annual, global initiative aimed at celebrating migrating birds and promoting their conservation worldwide. The celebration of migratory birds is marked by public events such as bird festivals, educational programmes and bird-watching excursions and is usually organized on 2nd weekend each May.
ASPB celebrated this year the World Migratory Bird Day on 10th and 11th of May. This year’s theme for WMBD was "Destination Flyways: Migratory Birds and Tourism" highlighting the links between migratory bird conservation, local community development and wildlife watching tourism around the world. Every year thousands of migratory birds fly across the globe creating a spectacular view for bird-watchers and nature enthusiasts.
On 11th of May, ASPB hosted birdwatching tourists who travelled to Armenia from Belgium and spent a remarkable 7 days of birdwatching. They travelled in Armenia from north to south and culminated their birdwatching in their last destination point Vedi (SW Armenia) by marking the World Migratory Bird Day campaign! This activity was planned by ASPB well spot on specifically to promote the main theme of the WBMD campaign the birdwatching tourism. Some of the rewarding bird species seen during their trip were Red-necked Phalarope, Black-tailed Godwit, Ruff, Spotted Redshank, Little Stint, a fascinating 45 migratory Flamingos, Terek Sandpiper and other interesting migratory birds which were observed on passage in Armenia. Bird and wildlife photography were an inseparable part of their tour.
This year, ASPB (the Armenian Society for the Protection of Birds) used both calendar dates (10th and 11th) to celebrate the fascinating miracle of bird migration.
Young students of TUMO Center for Creative Technologies © ASPB
A day before, on 10th of May ASPB organized a birdwatching tour for young students of TUMO Center for Creative Technologies as well as other curious and interested birdwatchers who joined us in the Tumanyan Park of Yerevan City. The event was started in a classroom where ASPB introduced an interesting session on "Key Barriers to Bird Migration" trying to help the students understand some of the main barriers that birds experience on their journeys each year. The session was followed by the birdwatching excursion where students saw first time in their lives some colorful birds up close using spotting scopes and marveled at their fascinating looks- this is how passion for birds is kindled!
ASPB extends its special gratitude to those who made the WBMD events possible in Armenia: TUMO Center for Creative Technologies and our respected Belgian birdwatchers!
Lesser Grey Shrike (left) and Red-backed Shrike (right) © ASPB
Isabelline wheatear © ASPB
Flamingos © ASPB