Did you know there are approximately 10,000 species of birds? Because of this today is recognized as National Bird Day. It began in 2002, when Born Free USA in coordination with the Avian Welfare Coalition launched the first annual National Bird Day.
Born Free USA uses the importance of National Bird Day, listing it as a day to shine a spotlight on bird issues. These issues are critical to the protection and survival of birds, both captive and wild. They created National Bird Day to make people avian (bird) aware. They believe that nearly 12 percent of the world’s almost 10,000 bird species are in danger of extinction.
Now, I and other nature lovers, bird lovers and bird watchers across the country can use the day to begin our annual bird watch. If you have a bird feeder, you can use a bird book and a journal to record the varieties of birds in your backyard. I’m not sure how many you will see, unless you are living in a warm state. Right now, they’re trying to stay warm, just like us.
National Bird Day is one of several holidays celebrating birds. If you like birds, join me over half a million avian admirers and celebrate National Bird Day in many different activities. A particularly important National Bird Day activity is bird adoption. I already have two birds. One parakeet that was given to me by a neighbor and a Cockatiel that was my sister’s. This won’t be part of my celebration. If you own a bird you can educate future bird owners about the special issues involved with taking care of birds. This could be the proper care, cleanup, noise and biting, feeding, diet and their need for daily interaction. If you take pictures, you can post your birdwatching by using #NationalBirdDay.