It’s New Year and here comes the National Bird Day celebrated on every 5th of January every year. The day is observed to spread awareness about the plight faced by various species of birds both common and rare. Birds are part of our ecosystem and their population serves as a measure to determine the state of global ecological system through various research and health samples carried out throughout the year. You might wonder how they help in determining the state of global ecosystem and warn the systems; well the list is quite long then what you might have thought. Apart from raising awareness the day comes as a great boon to bird watchers as millions of bird watchers and photographers share their experiences worldwide with each other and in turn inspire million other bird lovers to showcase their love for the delicate species via photography and blogging. Well in this today’s special post we will explain everything about National Bird Day and how to celebrate it.
How Birds Help the Ecosystem (Importance of Birds)
- Birds distribute seeds (Food Chain)
- Birds Pollinate Flowers (Fruits and Medicines)
- Birds (Carnivores) help in decomposing organic matter
- Birds help in Fish Farming
- Balance the Food Chain by Feeding on rodent species
- Natural Pest Control and Cleaners
- Warn the System by acting as bio-indicators for harmful environmental pollutants, viruses and diseases such as DDT, Avian Flu, etc.
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Now you know how important and crucial birds are for our ecosystem and apart from that birds have also been an inspiration to lots of beautiful things like flight, songs and lots of incredible inspirations. Now for the facts worlds nearly 12% bird species might be facing extinction due to illegal trade, habitual loss and diseases caused unknowingly by human civilization. With little bit of awareness these species can be protected from such peril. Now it’s your turn to spread awareness and celebrate the day.
Celebrating the National Bird Day
Here are few simple to carry out celebrations and awareness steps for National Bird Day to make the day both educational and fun for both birds and humans.
1.Give up on Exotic Birds to Avoid their Captivity:
No wonder birds are beautiful species but capturing them in cages and keeping them captive is not human and is only imprisoning them and getting them devoid of their natural habitat, So instead of cultivating a habit of capturing exotic birds, cultivate the habit of collecting their photos, explore them through bird watching or collect their personalized toys. This way you can enjoy your love for birds without harming them. Spread awareness among other collectors and inform animal welfare clubs of any illegal exotic bird trading to save birds.
2.Avoid Pet Trade and False Beliefs:
Often Birds are captured and sent for pet trade for their commercial exploitation, but the actual peril begins when bird starts to lose its natural features like flying or tweeting. All this happens when the owner purchases a bird thinking they will make a great pet but when unlike our feline friends, they fail to make great pets as birds, they simply give up on them due to frustration, leaving them vulnerable as they return to their natural habitat after having lost their natural features due to domestic captivity. In such cases the owner should simply return the bird back to pet care centers or hand it over to someone experienced to avoid any further torment to the little feature friend.
3.Create Artificial Builds for Migrating Birds:
Builds are artificial parallel platforms particularly created for migrating birds in places which are destroyed by Human activities leading to lose of natural bird habitats. Builds help in preserving the birds during the migration season. While builds can be installed near lakes and other places. You too can help in preserving birds by adding feeders and house bed in your garden which will in turn help you through pollination and a cool spot for bird watching.
4.Preserve Natural Bird Habitats Near Your House:
Birds can be found everywhere and so is human civilization. In such a case we often see many birds dying due to unfortunate accidents like collisions. Collisions mainly happen due to lack of natural habitat, cutting of trees and illusions caused by glassware’s such as windows. In such a case you can minimize unfortunate accidents by sifting bird nests to safe places and minimizing window reflections through curtains and other special tricks to minimize reflection and transparency.
5.Keep Surroundings Clean:
One of the biggest reasons of bird extinction after loss of habitats due to cutting of trees is unhygienic surroundings. Just imagine the chewed gum you threw on the pavement being swallowed by a bird leading to death or the infected bird culled and thrown in open being eaten by a bird leading to a disease avian flu killing millions of birds. So keep your surroundings clean for you are not the only living in this world and every living being has a role to contribute.
6.Arrange Formal/ Informal Bird Education Programs in Schools:
Children are the future of this world and so making them aware about National Birds Day through formal or informal education programs is a good way of cultivating the right circumstances for preserving the species in the future and coming generations.
7.Adopt a Native Bird or Someone in Need:
Unlike exotic or captured birds Native birds are the best birds to adopt for them with proper care can prove to be great pets. However you will need to take proper care for them like the diet, open cage habitat, daily flights outside the cage, teaching birds games with toys, allowing them a free life and off course attending to them and entertaining them to make your bird happy.
8.Host National Bird Day Crafting, Games and Fun Activities:
Activities are the best way to celebrate any holiday and create lots of buzzing awareness too. The same goes with National bird day too. Schools, organizations and TV channels often arrange such activities through various activities like: Bird name quiz, Bird drawing competition, bird making paper crafts, visiting Museums and zoos, Bird adoption, essay writing and various interactive presentations. Pet owners don't forget to make Bird cakes to make your birds happy! :)
9.Spread Awareness through Slogans, Posters, T-shirts and Social Media:
Spread awareness about birds by celebrating special days like National Bird Day(5th Jan), Bird Day(4th May) and Migratory Bird Day (second Saturday in May) with bird awareness slogans, posters or wearing a personalized bird awareness T-shirt or outfit. Socializing the awareness is best way to spread the love and the message for the birds and to save them from their perils such as captivity, trade and unfortunate accidents and Most of all social media serves the best platform reaching millions at a time. So if you are reading this, spread the awareness and share the information with your friends and families and report any disturbing activities. J Wish you a Happy National Bird Day!
At last to all Bird pet owners a Happy National Bird Day. Save the birds! Save the planet! For everyone has a right to live on Earth!
And most of all don’t forget to share the information with other bird lovers and increase the awareness about National Bird Day. Also to stay motivated join National bird communities or bird watching clubs to spread awareness about birds whenever you can.