National Bird Day

Not as frivolous as some might think. From a strictly human-centered perspective, birds are the sentinal species that warn us both locally and globally of eco-dangers. Of course those of us who value the environment for its own sake look on birds as part of that. A world without birdsong? Really?

I’ve come late to the appreciation of birds. I became aware of Mickaboo, the large, all-volunteer, bird rescue organization in northern California. They are a dedicated group which takes in and “foster parents” parrots and other birds. They see to the health care of the wild flock of parrots in San Francisco. They also check out the homes and then adopt out those birds who can be adopted.

During the past year I decided to become a foster parent (We jokingly say “Parront”. I know it’s corny, but cute.) Teddi (a Congo African Grey) and Indigo ( Meyer’s Poicephalus parrot) have brought a lot of joy and learning in my life. Parrots are very smart and develop an independent but personal relationship with their parront. 

Thursday, Janaury 5, has been officially declared National Bird Day. Celebrate it with us. Click the link to go to the National Bird Day website.

Join Us for National Bird Day

January 5, 2012

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, including nearly one-third of the world’s 330 parrot species.
  • 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 parrots and 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 kept in captivity.
  • The survival and well-being of the world’s birds depends upon public education and support for conservation.

This is the reason for National Bird Day. Go to the website for more information


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