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Sunday, January 5, 2020

National Bird Day 2020

This photograph features a male cardinal (bird) feeding his young one.
Cardinal Feeds Fledgling (Info in my "Words In Our Beak" Book Series)

Today, January 5th, is a holiday known as National Bird Day, which is an occasion I've written about in bygone years;  and will continue to do going forward, as this holiday has great personal importance.

Acts of advocacy by a number of organizations concerned with the avian community has led people to create bird related (official and unofficial) holidays to raise awareness about the ongoing needs of fauna.

These holidays include Bird Day (celebrated annually on May 4th), Draw A Bird Day (celebrated on annually on April 8th), International Migratory Bird Day (celebrated on annually on the second Saturday in May), and National Bird Day, an event that is celebrated annually on the fifth of January, which is today.

A holiday-themed website known as punchbowl has this to say re today's holiday:

"The study of birds has been a popular pastime ever since the Victorian Era, and the term 'bird watching' first appeared as the title of a book in 1901. Millions of people across the globe consider themselves 'bird watchers.' This is defined as anyone who has traveled for the primary purpose of observing birds or has closely observed and identified birds around the home.

Since the late 19th century, bird protection has become an increasingly important issue."

Moreover, a web-page for the Advocacy of Animals has this answer when asked, Why National Bird Day?

"The beauty, songs, and flight of birds have long been sources of human inspiration... Today, nearly 12 percent of the world’s 9,800 bird species may face extinction within the next century.
Birds are sentinel species whose plight serves as barometer of ecosystem health and alert system for detecting global environmental ills. Many of the world’s songbirds are threatened with extinction due to pressures from the illegal pet trade, disease, and habitat loss. Public awareness and education about the physical and behavioral needs of birds can go far in improving the welfare of the millions of birds... The survival and well-being of the world’s birds depends upon public education and support for conservation."

It is my hope that my book series, Words In Our Beak will help in raising awareness about certain needs within the avian community.

This photo features my three volume book series "Words In our Beak.'" Info re the books is in another blog post @

In honor of National Bird Day, please help me realize my goal of raising awareness re certain songbirds by purchasing my books and/or by purchasing (from my shop within Fine America) a canvas pouch (book bag, tote or week-ender bag) that has an image of the series imprinted on it.

If you carry around such a "pouch," it may spark interest in the birds I discuss in my series.

This is photograph features a tote bag that has an image of my book series printed on it. It is available for purchase via Fine Art America.

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