About Bird Day
There are a couple of different days each year to celebrate birds. Three of these days are: Bird Day, National Bird Day, and International Migratory Bird Day. These days are celebrated on May 4th, January 5th and the second Saturday in May, respectively.
Bird Day is the oldest of these celebrations. Bird Day was first observed on May 4, 1894 by Charles Almanzo Babcock, superintendent of schools in Oil City, Pennsylvania - according to the Library of Congress. Bird Day is often celebrated in tandem with Arbor Day - focusing on conservation and awareness.
National Bird Day was established by bird activists to draw attention to the exploit of pet birds and captive birds.
International Migratory Bird Day celebrates the journey that migratory birds take each year. It was initiated by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology in 1993. They encourage bird festivals, bird walks and education programs across the United States. International Migratory Bird Day aims to raise awareness of the environmental problems that are making things difficult for these birds - leading to serious declines in many species - and to let people know what they can do to help.
You can do your part by learning as much about birds as you can!
Bird Games and Activities
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