National Bird Day:
There are many Bird Days throughout the world, which serve different purposes in their region. We talk of the Bird Day that is mainly observed in the USA on 5 January.
Related: Other National Days Celebrated on January 5th:
Why National Bird Day?
In this world, there are several different bird species. Various individuals are having other relationships with these species.
Every year, millions of birds are captured from the wilderness or produced in captivity for business or human entertainment only for languishing in circumstances that do not fulfil these wild animals’ instinctive and physical requirements. Exotic birds are not regarded as domesticated animals, even though they are raised in captivity. They are the native animals of other countries, and they remain intact with their inherent conduct and physical needs. Sadly, the deprivation of their normal behaviors is an inevitable aspect of their captivity in birds.
Birds are viewed as living relationships with our past, and the creatures are the nearest to the creation of dinosaurs. Often they are the primary organisms for their health and vitality in the habitats. For instance, a lot of other animals use the holes left behind by woodpeckers as their homes. That means all the animals who rely on their skills to peck will lose their homes or a food source if the woodpeckers were not present to peck.
Cage confinement can lead to neurotic behavior, over-screaming, plugging of the feather, self-mutilation, and other destructive acts. Very few professionals can meet the particular needs of exotic birds in captivity. Exotic bird sanctuaries throughout the country are overwhelmed by hundreds of neglected and exploited birds in need of rescue, and living homes are devastated. At the same time, thousands more languish, who have been oppressed and overlooked by their cages, as their “masters.” Others are released mercilessly to fend for themselves; most of these birds die. In the meantime, livestock shops and farmers throughout the U.S. also regard birds as commodities and sell them to the animal trade.
Thousands of parrots have collected annually for sale as animals from the wilderness. The first shock that they lose their freedom, and then the plight of confinement to a cage kill many birds. 60% of wild birds are predicted to die before they enter foreign markets. To balance these mortalities, four times as many parrots are then captured and brought to needs. The demand for birds as pets or breeding stock is the catalyst behind the brutal trade in wild birds. The illicit trade in animals is worldwide second to the trade-in drugs only.
How can we celebrate National Bird Day:
Birds are important. Many of them sing, and all of them are so pretty. Naturally, many bird species are also eaten by people, but we feel it may be inappropriate to go quail hunting as delicious as quail in honor of Bird Day. More seriously, in the next century, approximately 12% of the world’s bird species may be extinct; this comprises about one-third of the 330 various parrot species. For many songbirds, not to mention a few penguin species and others such as the kiwi duck, things are not so much better. Habitat loss and the pet trade are the main components of these threats of extinction. You should celebrate National Bird Day by getting to know the birds’ marvels and educating your mates because the birds of the world’s survival rely on public knowledge and conservation support. Don’t encourage stores that use these poor animals for display or sell them and let them know concern to celebrate National Bird Day on your end. Do your part to support the reputable bird sanctuaries and shelters that work tirelessly to save these creatures on National Bird day.
Bird adoption is an especially significant activity of National Bird Day. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution article, many bird lovers celebrate the particular issues of bird-care, including “proper care, clean up, rushing and biting, food, diet, and their daily necessity by adopting birds on this day and educating potential bird owners; and share it on social media using #NationalBirdDay #savebirds.
Interesting facts about National Bird Day
- According to the U.S. Census, more Americans bird watchers (73 million) than baseball and football players.
- Birders fund the economy, including feed, supplies, travelling, and donations, by spending $40 billion a year on their hobby.
- Worldwide there are 9,800 species of birds; 850 are visible in the U.S.
- The National Bird Day takes place after an annual survey that tracks American wild birds to get an accurate bird population count is carried out at the end of the three weeks long Christmas Bird count.
- According to Born Free USA, nearly 12% of the world’s bird population is threatened with extinction.
History of National Bird Day:
In 1894, the United States’ first holidays to honor birds was proclaimed by Charles Almanzo Babcock, the school superintendent in Oil City, Pennsylvania. Babcock wanted birds’ survival as a moral principle, and his holiday seemed to have gained momentum. In reality, Babcock’s Bird Day is now recognized as International Migratory Bird Day, although it is not in Bird Day’s history. The annual Christmas Bird Count in the middle of the XXI century was ended by Bird Day.
Nevertheless, it seems that National Bird Day is partially devoted to sensitizing birds in captivity, including the parrot of your Aunt, the penguins in Columbus Zoo, and the turkey that sacrificed the last thing to grace the dining table of your family in November. After all, a holiday marking the end of three weeks of wild birds during the Christmas Bird Count will concentrate properly on captive birds. There is also a Bird Day website to find out more about the people who promote the holiday. The day was made official by Avian Welfare Association and Born free USA to raise awareness and safeguard these creatures.