World Migratory Bird Day 2009 is approaching (May 9-10), with this year’s theme as “Barriers to Migration”:
On their long journeys, migratory birds have to navigate through a multitude of man-made barriers. Their flyways are hindered by wind farms, power lines, TV and mobile phone transmission masts, glass windows, tall buildings and other constructions. Huge numbers of birds are killed, injured or displaced each year. Apart from direct fatalities or injuries via collision, such structures can also lead to habitat loss, displacement and disturbance.
This year’s theme for World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) – “Barriers to migration” – aims to raise the awareness of these man-made obstacles. It is in our power to implement sustainable development, i.e. to avoid placement of potential barriers along major migratory routes and thus minimize the threats facing birds.
There’s a trailer also, which I’ve attached below the fold.