In May 2011 Park Board Commissioners Constance Barnes and Loretta Woodcock read a Proclamation that recognizes World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD), signed by Mayor Gregor Robertson, for the first time in Vancouver. On May 12th, 2012 the City will again recognize WMBD along with SPES, Bird Studies Canada, Nature Vancouver, Tourism Vancouver, and the Vancouver Public Library, in a series of events that are being planned across the city.
WMBD is a United Nations initiative that recognizes the importance of birds as key indicators of the health of our environment. Better management of birds, through initiatives such as Vancouver’s Green Action Plan, will benefit not only the environment but also the citizens of Vancouver. Since Greater Vancouver has some of the world’s most important habitat and over 407 bird species, it is the perfect place to lead the country in honouring WMBD.