Bird Day is observed next on Thursday, May 4th, 2023 (84 days from today).
All of us show honor to our feathered friends every year on Bird Day in the United States.
Throughout the years, birds fly around the world, flapping their wings and singing migratory songs. Every year, the world celebrates International Day of Migratory Birds to commemorate the emergence of hundreds of migratory birds between their summer nesting habitats in North America and winter habitats in Latin America, Mexico and the Caribbean.
While many days are set aside to celebrate bird life across the globe, May 4 is considered official Bird Day.
Some facts about Bird
With over 2,000 species of birds in North America, bird watchers and nature lovers alike will appreciate the beauty and diversity of these winged companions. From songbirds to waterfowl and domesticated birds, they come in all colors of plumage and wingspan.
In spring, migratory birds move to their summer nesting sites. This is a great time for novice birdwatchers to learn to identify birds by species. Enthusiasts also know that birds will migrate through backyards and stop to rest, foraging for food and drink if suitable habitat is provided. They stood prepared by the window with binoculars and watched the new visitors every day. Whether it's a golden finch, a tree swallow, a ruby hummingbird, or an American finch, you'll want to make sure you've prepared food, natural habitat, and water for your guests.
However, it's not just passers-by who excite birdwatchers. Those are the permanent residents and those who spend more time outdoors. Year after year, they watch roosters collect their nesting material or chicks care for their parents. They roam the nature reserves in search of a glimpse of warblers or prairie warblers. When they do, they are often privileged to watch a bald eagle soar above them.
History of Bird Day
Charles Almanzo Babcock, Superintendent of Oil City Schools, Pennsylvania, established the first Bird Day in 1894. It was considered as the first holiday dedicated to the celebration of birds in the United States. Babcock established this day, observed annually on May 4th, to promote bird conservation as a moral value.
How to celebrate Bird Day
Enjoy the fun of watching and listening to the birds in your area. Share your favorite bird watching experiences. When you're out and about, take pictures. When you do, promote conservation and preservation of habitats by using #BirdDay to post on social media.
ObservedBird Day has been observed annually on May 4th.
Tuesday, May 4th, 2021
Wednesday, May 4th, 2022
Thursday, May 4th, 2023
Saturday, May 4th, 2024
Sunday, May 4th, 2025
Charles Almanzo Babcock in 1894