World Migratory Bird Day 2023

World Migratory Bird Day is officially celebrated on the second Saturday of May in Canada and the US (May 13th in 2023), and the second Saturday of October in Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean (October 14th in 2023). However, every day is Bird Day, and you can celebrate birds and host events any day of the year!



We are pleased to announce that next year’s World Migratory Bird Day campaign will focus on the topic of water and its importance for migratory birds.


Water is fundamental to life on our planet. The vast majority of migratory birds rely on aquatic ecosystems during their life cycles. Inland and coastal wetlands, rivers, lakes, streams, marshes, and ponds are all vital 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.


Next year’s World Migratory Bird Day campaign will highlight the importance of water for migratory birds and identify key actions for protecting water resources and aquatic ecosystems.The two peak days of World Migratory Bird Day 2023 will be 13 May and 14 October, reflecting the cyclical nature of bird migration with varying migration periods in the northern and southern hemispheres. 

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Conservation Theme

This year’s campaign highlights the importance of water to bird life. We will share simple steps that everyone can take to preserve water and protect birds.

Art & featured species

Art has always been central to World Migratory Bird Day and continues to be a key element in 2023. Look forward to our announcement of the 2023 artist in December 2022!


As we develop the World Migratory Bird Day theme for 2023, we are exploring artists who can  help us to share the importance of this essential resource for birds. Interested in being considered for the artist? Contact us at

Social Media Packet

Promoting your World Migratory Bird Day event can be a daunting task, so we create a Social Media Packet that provides easy copy-and-paste posts, downloadable graphics, and other content that you can use on your social media accounts. Stay tuned for more information!