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National Bird Day

Fly high and celebrate National Bird Day - be sure to join us in protecting our feathered friends and their habitats!
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January 5
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United States

Celebrate National Bird Day on Jan 5, an annual event to raise awareness about the importance of birds and their habitats. This day was first created in 2002 by bird conservation organizations around the world and has since become a popular holiday for people who love nature and animals. Each year, thousands of people join together to learn more about birds and help protect them from harm or destruction. From taking part in bird watching expeditions to helping out with local conservation efforts - there's plenty of ways you can get involved!

History of National Bird Day

National Bird Day Dates

National Bird Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1903</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Migratory Bird Law</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first federal U.S. law to protect migratory birds, the Lacey Act, was passed in 1903.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1918</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Migratory Bird Treaty Act</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Migratory Bird Treaty Act is enacted, making it unlawful to pursue, capture, kill, or sell certain birds without permission.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1934</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Duck Stamp Act</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp Act, commonly known as the "Duck Stamp Act," is passed, providing funds for the conservation of waterfowl habitats.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1962</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring"</div><div class='timeline-text'>"Silent Spring", a book by Rachel Carson about the harmful effects of pesticides on birds and other wildlife, raised public awareness and led to changes in environmental policies.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2002</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First National Bird Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>National Bird Day was first celebrated in 2002, to raise awareness about the hardships captive birds face and promote responsible bird ownership.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2020</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Global Birdwatching Surge</div><div class='timeline-text'>During the COVID-19 pandemic, interest in birdwatching surged globally, as people found joy and solace in observing birds during lockdowns.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Bird Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Go Bird Watching</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Head out to your local park or nature reserve and go bird watching. Bring along a field guide, binoculars, and some snacks to set yourself up for an afternoon of fun.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Feed the Birds</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Grab some birdseed and head outside. Set up a bird feeder in your yard or hang some bird seed from tree branches and watch the birds come flocking in.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Build a Birdhouse</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Make a home for feathered friends with this easy DIY project. Collect some wood scraps, drill some holes, attach a roof and you’re done.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Learn About Birds</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Read up on different species of birds and learn their habits, diets, habitat and migration patterns. Take a course online or at a local community college or library.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Create Bird Art</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take a photo of a bird, draw one or paint one - get creative with your bird art. Use whatever medium you like – watercolor paints, pencils, chalk pastels – there’s no wrong way to make art!</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Bird Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Birds are beautiful</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>From the bright colors of a hummingbird to the majestic wingspan of an eagle, birds come in all shapes and sizes and their beauty never fails to amaze us. Watching wild birds fly can be an incredibly calming and peaceful experience - one that we should all strive to enjoy more often!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Birds are important for our ecosystems</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Not only do birds add beauty to our world but they are also essential players in the health of our planet's ecosystems. Birds help spread seeds, which creates new vegetation and increases biodiversity. They also serve as important predators by keeping insect populations in check.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Birds bring joy to our lives</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Whether it's the chirping of morning songbirds or the soaring flight of a hawk, birds have a special way of bringing us a sense of peace and connection to nature like no other animal can. So why not take some time this National Bird Day to go out and appreciate these amazing creatures?</p></div></div>

5 Fun Facts About Birds

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Birds are the Only Feathered Creatures</h3><p class='facts-content'>While many animals have fur or scales, birds are the only animals on the planet that have feathers, an essential part of their body that allows them to fly, assists in temperature regulation and attracts mates.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The Smallest Bird is the Bee Hummingbird</h3><p class='facts-content'>The bee hummingbird of Cuba and the Isla de la Juventud in the West Indies is the smallest bird in the world, measuring a mere 2.24 inches in length and weighing less than a dime.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Birds Have Hollow Bones to Facilitate Flight</h3><p class='facts-content'>Birds have a skeleton that's designed specifically for flight, with hollow bones making them light enough to take to the air. These bones are reinforced for added strength.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Owls Can Rotate Their Heads Almost 360 Degrees</h3><p class='facts-content'>Unlike humans who can turn their heads only approximately 90 degrees to each side, owls can rotate their heads up to an impressive 270 degrees without causing injury.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Many Migratory Birds Can Sleep While Flying</h3><p class='facts-content'>Several species, including frigatebirds, swifts and albatrosses, have been found to be able to sleep in flight. This important adaptation allows them to stay in the air for weeks or even months during long migrations.</p></div></div>

National Bird Day FAQs

When is National Bird Day?

National Bird Day is celebrated on January 5th every year. In 2024 National Bird Day will occur on a Friday.

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