Celebrating National Bird Day
Of all the living creatures present on our planet, birds are among the most magnificent. They are vibrant creatures, bustling with melodious music and lively colors. National Bird Day is celebrated because we have used birds for their feathers, as pets, and even as food.
History of National Bird Day
It is estimated that almost 1200 bird species will be lost forever by extinction by the end of this century. This makes it very important to raise awareness about the threats birds face by illegal trading, climate change, and diseases.
This was the goal of the AWC (Avian Welfare Coalition) two decades ago in 2002. It was important that immediate action be taken to protect birds, and this idea led to the creation of National Bird Day.
When is National Bird Day celebrated?
With its roots in the USA, National Bird Day has been observed every year on January 5 ever since its first celebration in 2002.
This date was chosen specifically because the annual “Christmas Bird Count” takes place on January 5th, too. This annual citizen survey has taken place in the USA for quite a time now. The results provide information about both the numbers and the health of birds across the United States of America.
The Importance of National Bird Day:
Many birds are under threat from climate change, loss of habitat, deforestation, and other life devastating factors. On National Bird Day, these everyday evils against birds are spoken about and addressed to the public.
Raising awareness is a major significance of this event, and people throughout the United States take part in it. It signifies a day when birds are to be treated with the utmost respect. This day gives us all an opportunity to educate others about how to protect birds and ways to preserve them.
There are over 9800 species of birds in the world. It is physically impossible for a person to sight every one of them! But, National Bird Day provides everyone who has an interest in birds to catch a glimpse of at least the 850 bird species present in the USA.
How is National Bird Day Celebrated?
There are several ways people celebrate National Bird Day; here are some of the most popular activities:
Read a Book/Watch a Documentary
This day is a perfect excuse to try something new or simply brush up your knowledge about birds. It doesn’t matter if it’s a fiction or a non-fiction book; the only requirement is birds!
Suppose you aren’t interested in reading a book, no problem! There are thousands of documentaries available online about birds. Some of them provide a surprisingly witty and intuitive insight into the lives of birds.
National Bird Day provides people with the perfect opportunity to adopt a new hobby: birdwatching! It was found that a greater number of Americans indulge in birdwatching than watching football or baseball. So, if you want to try something new or need some new company- birdwatching on NBD is a good choice.
Adopt a Bird of Your Own
Adopting a bird is one of the more important aspects of celebrating National Bird Day. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution stated that most bird enthusiasts turn to adopt birds on National Bird Day. People also spread knowledge amongst people who are planning on adopting a bird and talk about certain important topics.
Taking care of younger birds, proper cleaning, managing diets, along with entertainment, are some of the aspects of bird owning enthusiasts discuss.
But most importantly, try to have fun! Birds are wonderful creatures, and no matter what, they deserve to be celebrated and respected.