Tweet Tweet! It’s National Bird Day!
There’s tweeting all around us, but we hardly ever take notice. If you think I’m talking about a social media application, you need to read this more than anyone. I’m talking about the feathery friends we share this planet with. They are an essential part of our eco-system, they provide entertainment, and stress reduction. In honor of National Bird Day (which was January 5th,) I encourage you to take more notice of small things we take for granted, such as walking to class one day without the ear buds and listening to the unique sounds of bird chips.
Just take notice
By observing nature, you become more attune with yourself, more introspective, which leads to less stress and more creativity. You don’t have to go out and buy thousand-dollar equipment, camera and bird-trackers to be an enthused bird watcher. Just simply take the ear buds out of your ears next time you walk to class and listen to the birds chirping. Watch the robins chase around the grass in the mornings or the hawks soaring above your heads. Sometimes glancing up from your cell phone is a good thing, not to mention it’s a great stress relief. If you find yourself overwhelmed with school or homework, going outside to watch nature, especially birds, is an amazing distraction. A bag of bird food can provide hours of entertainment for you (and your cat) by throwing it outside a window and watching from the inside. Not to mention the hungry birds thank you.
Share a story
One day I noticed two boys stop by a tree to look for a baby bird that may have fallen out of its nest. You could hear little bird sounds coming from that area. It was such a sweet and simple gesture. Also, I notice students throwing their leftover crackers from lunch near the bushes for birds to scurry around and get. These small things might make a big difference in the lives of an animal and yourself.
Be a part of a national movement
Born Free USA emphasizes the importance of National Bird Day and lists it as a day to shine a spotlight on issues critical to the protection and survival of birds, both captive and wild. According to Born Free USA, nearly 12 percent of the world’s almost 10,000 bird species are in danger of extinction. National Bird Day was created to promote avian awareness and is celebrated annually by half-a-million adherents through bird watching, studying birds, educating others, and other bird-related activities.
A particularly important National Bird Day activity is bird adoption. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, many bird enthusiasts celebrate by adopting birds on this day and educating future bird owners about the special issues involved with taking care of birds, including the “proper care, cleanup, noise and biting, feeding, diet and their need for daily interaction”.
There are approximately 10,000 species of birds. Perhaps you will see a few different ones on your walk to class today. Snap a picture of some birds and share with @PearsonStudents! National Bird Day Celebrators are using the tag #NationalBirdDay