On May 14th we celebrate World Migratory Bird Day. Such is the importance of this day that it is celebrated twice a year, on the second Saturday of May and October. This year, the second phase of the campaign will take place on October 8th. The main objective is to promote education and knowledge, thus raising awareness of the need to protect migratory birds and their habitats.
Each year, the commission chooses a theme on which to focus the day’s celebrations. In 2022, light pollution will be the backbone of the day, with the slogan: “Dark nights, safe migrations”.
Artificial light is increasing by approximately 2% per year, and studies have confirmed that it adversely affects some bird species, causing disorientation when flying at night, causing millions of deaths each year in collisions with buildings, disrupting their internal clocks and interfering with their ability to undertake long-distance migrations.
What steps can we, as the main cause of this type of pollution, take to reduce its impact? Many cities are choosing to turn off some of their “non-essential” lights at migration times. Designing efficient lighting infrastructure that does not project light upwards also helps to reduce the effects of light on birds. Turning off lights on buildings at night to avoid confusion, and avoiding artificial lighting in their habitats and passageways, is essential to help their conservation.
In this regard, one of the main habitats for these birds are the world’s wetlands and water reservoirs, as they provide stopover and roosting sites where they stop to feed, and sometimes breed, before setting off again.
The conservation of water reserves is therefore essential. Rice paddies, which are artificial water reserves for much of the year, where there are also crops and small animals that enter into the diet of migratory birds, play a very important role in their conservation.
At DACSA, we are committed to our environment, and through our Code of Good Practices and advice to farmers, we help to conserve nature, focusing on the fact that the coexistence of human activities and the life of flora and fauna is not only possible, but necessary for us and our descendants.
If you want to actively participate in this day, the official website of the World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) offers you the possibility to register with the actions you have in mind.
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