On January 5th of every year, nature lovers and bird watchers across the country recognize National Bird Day. National Bird Day is one of several designated holidays celebrating birds. The origin of National Bird Day dates back as early as 1894 when Charles Almanzo Babcok, who was the Superintendent of Schools in Oil City, Pennsylvania intended to have a day dedicated to advance bird conservation as a moral value. National Bird Day is technically not a national holiday, since it was not voted to be a holiday by Congress but nevertheless, January 5th of every year is popularly known as National Bird Day.
National Bird Day is scheduled to coincide with the end of the annual Christmas Bird Count which has been going on for more than a decade. It lasts three weeks and is the longest running citizen science survey in the world that helps to monitor the health of our nation’s birds. Birders and the public go out and count as many birds as they can see during the count. Once the three-week period of focusing on native birds and wild populations ends, birders focus on captive birds.
Today, nearly 12 percent of the world’s 9,800 bird species may face extinction within the next century. In order to improve the welfare and survival of birds, many bird conservation organizations work to educate the public on the physical and behavioral needs of birds.
For more information and interesting facts about birds, the Bellevue University Library has the following items that can be borrowed for 3 weeks.
Bird Sense: What’s it Like to Be A Bird by Tim Birkhead QL698.B57 2012
Birds of North America by Kenn Kaufman QL681.K36 2000
Birds of the Wetlands by James Hancock QL673.H26 1999
Source: National Bird Day