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Bird Day

International Migratory Bird Day (Bird Day) celebrates a migratory bird’s spectacular migration between winter and summer grounds. Bird Day is a project of Environment for the Americas and was created in 1993 to focus attention on the need to conserve birds and their habitats. As the Canadian partner of Bird Day, Nature Canada encourages Canadians to welcome back birds on Bird Day by holding an event to celebrate this magic moment of the year and connect Canadians to nature.
Bird Day, which can be held anytime of the year but is traditionally on the second Saturday in May, encourages bird conservation and increases awareness of birds through activities that are fun, engaging and educational. Bird Day activities vary from neighbourhood hikes to observe birds to multiday festivals. Each year, Bird Day has an official theme. This year, the theme is “Spread Your Wings for Bird Conservation”. 2016 is also the Centenary of the Migratory Bird Convention which led to Canada’s first wildlife law– the Migratory Bird Convention Act,
regulating hunting and protecting migratory birds from harm.  We encourage you to celebrate the Centenary of the Migratory Bird Convention and reflect the Bird Day theme at your event.

Please visit the other Bird Day web pages to see examples of events, guidance for funding or promotion, where events are taking place across Canada, and what free resources Nature Canada has available to you. If you want other resources, check out the free materials that are available.

Bird Day Ottawa 2016

Celebrate Bird Day! Join us at the Bird Day event!learn more

Host a Bird Day event

Check out these ideas for hosting your very own Bird Day eventlearn more

Find an event

Discover Bird Day events in your neighbourhood or communitylearn more

Get the word out

Explore different ways to attract a crowd to your Bird Day eventlearn more


Check out these helpful tips to fundraise for your Bird Day eventlearn more

Bird Day resources

Use our bookmarks, booklets and other resources
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In 2016, Nature Canada is proud to work with the following local and regional organizations to recognize their activities and events in support of International Migratory Bird Day and Canada’s migratory birds:


 Image of Wildlife Habitat Canada Logo

Since 1985, Wildlife Habitat Canada, a national, non-profit, charitable conservation organization, has invested over $50 million supporting more than 1,000 conservation projects across Canada, through its granting program. Funds invested to support grants come from the purchase of the Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp. The Stamp is purchased primarily by waterfowl hunters to validate their Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permits. Wildlife Habitat Canada works through partnerships with communities, landowners, governments, non-government organizations, and industry to conserve, enhance, and restore wildlife habitat. To learn more about the projects that Wildlife Habitat Canada has funded, please visit www.whc.org.
Without habitat…there is no wildlife. It’s that simple!

 Coalition QuébecOiseaux Logo  Soutiens la conservation des oiseaux au Quebec en faisant  le Grand Défi Québec Oiseaux le 14 mai! Apprenez plus ici.
 Image of the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory Logo  Join the experts in Prince Edward County for a week of great birding at the annual Spring Birding Festival, May 14 to 23. Click here for more information.
 Nature Saskatchewan  On May 14, Nature Saskatchewan will celebrate the return of our migratory birds at their great Bird Day event at Lost Mountain Lake. Find out more at this link.
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Join Nature Alberta and Albertans by participating in Bird Day events at Beaverhill Bird Observatory on May 14 or at Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory on May 28. For more information see the Nature Alberta event calendar here.

 Friends of Shoal Harbour Logo  Join the growing movement of Bufflehead supporters at Sidney, British Columbia (Vancouver Island) for All Bufflehead’s Day celebrations on October 15. To find out more visit the FOSH website.
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