Bird Day is celebrated on January 5th each year, and it is a relatively new holiday.
Bird Day was first started in 2002 by Born Free U.S.A. and the Avian Welfare Coalition. Their purpose in establishing the holiday is to focus on that fact that almost 12% of all bird species in the world are under the threat of extinction. Birds are a vital part of ecosystems across the world.
There are over 10,000 bird species in the world, which means that 1,200 of them are threatened to become extinct. To help with this, one particularly important Bird Day activity is bird adoption. According to an article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, many bird enthusiasts celebrate by adopting birds on this day.
Birds have been celebrated for millenia by all cultures across the world. For example, many Native American tribes hold specific bird species as sacred. The bald eagle is the country bird for the United States of America.
Ideas for National Bird Day
Other than adopting your own bird or going bird watching, here are some fun ideas to celebrate Bird Day!
A great way to learn about how birds build sturdy safe nests is to try and do it yourself! This year on National Bird Day, try to create a nest that is safe and warm for an egg and you gain a new appreciation for the amazing job these feathered creatures put together without the use of hands and those oh so helpful thumbs!
Learning the ABC’s is so much fun with this hands-on Bird Letter Recognition Activity! Your preschoolers will practice identifying capital and lowercase letters as they feed the bird on National Bird Day.
t’s easy to see why young and old fall in love with studying the Cardinal for National Bird Day. This Northern Cardinal Lapbook & Unit Study is a perfect way to learn more about this unique species of bird.
The tin can wind chime is very easy to make and costs almost nothing. All you need are some old tin cans in a variety of styles and an old spoon or fork. Put some birds on it, and you have a beautiful decoration for National Bird Day!
This paper bag bird puppet is great for units studies on birds, Australian animals, and even just kids who love cockatiels! Kids can work on their fine motor skills while they’re creating this project. Plus, once they make the puppet, kids can use them to act out animal stories or tell a story of how birds migrate. It's a perfect way for kids to celebrate National Bird Day!
In celebration of birds, here's a number of wonderful books about birds for kids that everyone will enjoy reading on National Bird Day. Watching birds is such an amazing way to connect with nature and appreciate the uniqueness of each species, let alone each bird.
This Bird & Nest Letter Match Activity is a fun, hands-on letter recognition resource that will help your preschoolers practice matching lowercase and capital letters and get involved on National Bird Day.
Traditionally one of the most sought after ingredients in Chinese cuisine, traditional birds' nests soup is a pain to cook. However, this steamed Chinese bird's nest soup dessert with goji berries in a coconut recipe is so easy, you'll love making it for National Bird Day!