January 5: National Bird Day

National Bird Day is on January 5 each year, as it’s scheduled to coincide with the end of the annual Christmas Bird Count. For three weeks, the country is focused on native birds and wild populations. Once that period ends, we begin to focus on captive birds. January 5 is the new beginning for captive birds!–National Bird Day

nationalbirddayIn 2002, Born Free USA and the Avian Welfare Coalition launched the first annual National Bird Day. Born Free USA warns that nearly 12 percent of the world’s almost 10,000 bird species are in danger of extinction. Bird Day was created to shine a spotlight on issues critical to the protection and survival of birds. Born Free believes that public awareness about the physical and behavioral needs of birds will go far in improving the welfare of captive birds. In addition, the survival of the world’s wild birds depends upon support for conservation.

Everyone has some sort of pride in his or her roots —family, city, area, nation— and for some it may be that birds are the means. National birds are flagships for shared values, which typifies the country, and which we have a duty to protect.–Bird Life

For something especially fun to do on Bird Day, check out a list of national or state birds from around the world: Take Pride in Your Birds. There’s quite a diversity!

How else can you get involved? You can observe birds and post photos on social media. You can participate in bird-related activities such as the Christmas Bird Count. You can educate yourself about the beauty and benefits of birds by reading about and studying them and then pass on that your knowledge to others. Finally, if finances, time, and space allow, you can even adopt a bird. This will give you insights into their proper care, behavior, health issues, and need for daily interaction.

Do you have a pet bird or otherwise celebrate birds? We’d love to hear about your experiences here at LAA Pet Talk. If you have an idea for a pet-related article (and, better yet, can write it!), drop us a line too.

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