National Bird Day

By Lori

January 5, 2020

Did You Know… 

…that hummingbirds lay the smallest eggs – the size of a pea – among birds?

Today is the 18th Annual National Bird Day, a celebration of Feathers and Flight was started by Born Free U.S.A. and the Avian Welfare Coalition aims to focus public attention on the fact that almost 12 percent of bird species around the world are under threat of extinction.

How to Celebrate?

  • Read more about bird pet adoptions and laws in your country about adopting exotic birds as pets.
  • Do due diligence when getting an exotic or imported bird as a pet. Use only well-reputed pet stores.
  • Spread the word about humanely caring for exotic pet birds.
  • Change your social media display picture to a picture of your favorite bird.
  • Go bird watching and learn more about the birds indigenous to your area.
  • Watch the “The Big Year” with Owen Wilson, Jack Black, and Steve Martin.


How to Get Involved?

  • Join other birdwatchers by using the hashtag #nationalbirdday, and click here for resources, posters, activities and more!


For more ways to celebrate here are a few great reads for all ages!



Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard (Ages 3–5): Bird wakes up feeling grumpy. Too grumpy to eat or play—too grumpy even to fly. “Looks like I’m walking today,” says Bird. He walks past Sheep, who offers to keep him company. He walks past Rabbit, who also could use a walk. Raccoon, Beaver, and Fox join in, too. Before he knows it, a little exercise and companionship help Bird shake his bad mood. This winsome, refreshingly original picture book is sure to help kids (and grown-ups) giggle away theirs, too!


Everyday Birds by Amy Ludwig Vanderwater, illustrated by Dylan Metrano (Ages 3–5; out February 23!): A poem and beautiful paper-cut illustrations introduce little ones to 20 North American birds, with interesting facts about each bird featured in the back of the book. This book helps young readers identify and learn about common birds they are likely to find outside their windows or in their backyards.



Waddle! Waddle! by James Proimos (Ages 4–8): Waddle…waddle…belly slide! into a charming and funny story about friendship, featuring three adorable penguins in Waddle! Waddle! by acclaimed creator James Proimos, author and illustrator of Swim! Swim!, and illustrator of Year of the Jungle by Suzanne Collins. Proimos brings his zest and zany humor to this charming friendship story about appreciating our friends and ourselves.




Owl Diaries: Eva’s Treetop Festival by Rebecca Elliott (Ages 5–7): Eva lives in a Treehouse in Treetopolis and has lots of BIG ideas! In Eva’s Treetop Festival, Eva decides she would like to have a Bloomtastic Festival at school. Eva wants to set up a fashion show, a talent show, an art show, and a bake-off! But even Eva gets in over her head when she decides to create everything for the Bloomtastic Festival on her own. Even with her best friend Lucy’s help, there is no way she will get everything done in time. Will Eva have to ask Sue (a.k.a. Meanie McMeanerson) for help? Or will the festival have to be canceled? This owl-adorable series will appeal to girls who love stories about animals and friendship!



Magic Animal Friends: Ellie Featherbill All Alone by Daisy Meadows (Ages 7–10): It’s Ellie Featherbill’s birthday, and she’s having a party at her houseboat home on Willowtree River. But Grizelda has a wicked plan to poison the river, and orders the Boggits to steal the Featherbills’ barge—with Ellie still on board! Can Lily and Jess save the little duckling and stop the Boggits?




Bird & Squirrel on the Run by James Burks (Ages 7–10): Bird is a happy-go-lucky bundle of energy. Squirrel is a cautious collector of acorns. But when Squirrel loses his winter stash saving Bird from Cat, the duo has to go where the weather is warm and food is plentiful! So it’s south or bust in this first book in the hilarious graphic novel series about two unlikely friends on a road trip adventure.

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