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| Last Updated: 14/11/2019

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World Migratory Bird Day – 2019 11 May – 12 October

 World Migratory Bird Day – 2019

11May – 12 October

 Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution!

The Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), the African-Eurasian Water bird Agreement (AEWA) and Environment for the Americas (EFTA) have joined forces to strengthen global recognition and appreciation of migratory birds. This year the theme of World Migratory Bird Day is “Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution!” and will put the spotlight on the impact of plastic pollution on migratory birds and their habitats.


Plastic and the harm it does to the environment

With an annual production of more than 300 million tons, plastic is one of the most widely used materials in the world. What often escapes one’s attention is that the plastic is used for its main purpose for only a moment compared with its lifecycle of 20 to 500 years. Lightweight and designed to last, the discarded pieces are easily transported to ecosystems through the forces of nature causing serious threats to migratory species around the world. An estimated 8 million tons of plastic waste enter the world’s oceans each year. To make matters worse, plastic does not simply dissolve. Broken down into small particles by water, sunlight and wind, it often leads to lethal cases of ingestion and entanglement.

How does plastic affect birds?

Sadly, having wings does not help birds escape the threat of plastic. Dead chicks with stomachs full of plastic entangled and smothered by plastic rings and nets are all too real consequences of the toll that plastic takes on birds and other wildlife.

Read More: http://www.worldmigratorybirdday.org/2019/plastic-pollution-migratory-birds