Nature lovers, bird lovers, and bird watchers across the country annually recognize National Bird Day on January 5th. It’s also one of several designated holidays celebrating birds.
Born Free USA emphasizes the importance of National Bird Day and lists it as a day to shine a spotlight on issues critical to the protection and survival of birds, both captive and wild.
According to Born Free USA, nearly 12 percent of the world’s almost 10,000 bird species are in danger of extinction.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBirdDay
There are several ways to celebrate this day.
- Pick up a bird identification book. It will help you to learn about species in your area and identify those frequenting your bird feeders.
- Enhance the attraction of your backyard. Add feeders, shelter and more. Learn what birds in your area like to eat and watch them flock to your sanctuary.
- Donate to a bird sanctuary or aviary dedicated to improving the survival of endangered birds.
- While you’re learning about all the amazing species, visit an aviary. A botanical garden, zoo, or conservation area may offer close up viewing of some of the more exotic species you’ve never seen before.
Whichever way you choose, be sure to invite someone to join you so you can share the experience. Also, as always, use #NationalBirdDay to post on social media.
National Bird Day History
In 2002, Born Free USA in coordination with the Avian Welfare Coalition launched the first annual National Bird Day to promote avian awareness.
There is another similar holiday “Bird Day” which is celebrated on May 4th. Established in 1894 by Oil City, Pennsylvania school superintendent Charles Babcock. The first holiday in the United States dedicated to the celebration of birds. Babcock’s intention in creating this day was to advance bird conservation as a moral value.