January 5th National Bird Day

There are a number of bird days throughout the year but I believe this is the first one of the year. If you are a bird lover, you’ll love today. Of course, if you live in the more northern states you may have to wait a while to see one but here in the south they abound. From some of the most regal, as in the eagle to some of tiniest, as the hummingbird, birds wake us in the morning with their songs, making it a good start to the day. Whether you are a bird lover or not it’s easy to admire their grace and beauty. So spend a little time today looking up and spotting the birds around you and imagine what it must be like to soar above looking down on us all.

How to celebrate – Become a bird watcher. List as many birds as you can name. Get a bird feeder.

April 25th World Penguin Day

Today we celebrate the bird with class, the tuxedo wearing penguin! This is the time of year that the penguin begins to migrate north. Since penguins don’t fly they have to walk or swim to get where they are going, which takes a little longer. The penguin generally enjoy the colder weather, they have heavy layers that keep them warm. There are about a half-dozen different types of penguins, each generally staying to it’s own tribe. They are members of the Spheniscidae family. They, like many wild animals, are threatened by man’s invasion of their territories. Zoos may be the future for penguins which is sad for one of natures most cherished animals.

How to celebrate – Learn the different types of penguins. Visit penguins in the wild, but do not disturb them. Wear a tuxedo to visit them at the zoo.

January 5th National Bird Day

There are a number of bird days throughout the year but I believe this is the first one of the year. If you are a bird lover, you’ll love today. Of course, if you live in the more northern states you may have to wait a while to see one but here in the south they abound. From some of the most regal, as in the eagle to some of tiniest, as the hummingbird, birds wake us in the morning with their songs, making it a good start of the day. Whether you are a bird lover or not it’s easy to admire their grace and beauty. So spend a little time today looking up and spotting the birds around you and imagine what it must be like to soar above looking down on us all.

How to celebrate – See how many types of birds you can name. Put a feather in your cap. Put out food for the birds around you.

July 7th Build A Scarecrow Day

Got a garden? It’s summer and most of us try to grow something. The birds love it! Naturally birds are not a friend to gardeners. (Nothing against birds, they got to eat too) But birds are sort of afraid of people so the idea is, get someone to stand in your garden all day long. Since that’s not very likely, a scarecrow is your best bet! It doesn’t take much, some old clothes, a little stuffing and your done. The idea is to make it look scary but more often than not they look funny and friendly. A scarecrow does not need to meet any standard either, it can look like the Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz, the Tin Man or even Dorothy! And your building yourself a friend, someone you can talk to that will never disagree with you… at least I hope not. Build A Scarecrow Day always falls on the 1st Sunday in July.

How to celebrate – Build a scarecrow! Plant a garden so your scarecrow has a place to live! Watch the Wizard of Oz.

March 19th National Poultry Day

Today we honor those birds and fowl that give their all for us, because we eat them. Chickens, turkeys and any form of bird that serves as a meal. Now before you get all upset and angry about our consumption of animals understand, we have to eat and like it or not, man is a carnivore.

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Chicken is the most prevalent among the fowl we consume. There are those who do not like chicken, or any kind of fowl, but by far most adults and kids prefer chicken to any other kind of fowl served up.

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Turkey is leaner and better for you, but not for the turkey. Today we have turkey everything, meant to make our meals better for us. Now I like turkey, but not so much turkey burgers and such. I know, I know, it’s better for you but I want my hamburgers made out of beef!

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And then there is the Cornish hen. A little gamey for me but many like it. Most I have seen are very small. It might take a half dozen of them to fill you up.

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And of course, there is the blackbird pie. Personally, I’ve never had one of these and don’t think I would try it even if it was served in front of me. But that’s what today is all about. Honoring those creatures that keep us full and give us the energy to eat all those nasty vegetables!

How to celebrate – Serve up something fowl for dinner! Don’t think too much about what you are eating. Watch out for salmonella.

February 3rd Feed The Birds Day

With winter, at least in the colder climates, very few birds stick around. Even in the southern regions birds will continue to fly as far south as they need to in order to find a warm climate. It is not that they do not like where they have been living, it simply is with the snow covered trees, shrubs and grass there is very little for them to eat. Feed them and they might not leave at all! They don’t really eat all that much and with all the seeds they drop (One way or the other) it’s sort of like planting a garden! Besides, look at those little faces, how can you deny them! Give them a break and feed them so that tomorrow morning, you’ll have something singing just outside your window.

How to celebrate – Buy some bird feed. Make sure the birds can find your feeder. Look around and see if you have any hungry birds around you.

January 20th National Penguin Awareness Day

Jan.20th National Penguin Awareness Day

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There are some 20 species of penguins in the world but unless you spend a lot of time in a zoo you probably won’t see them. The cannot fly and generally live in the colder regions of the earth.

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It is believed that their black and white coloring is a sort of camouflage from predators under the water. The fastest are the Gentoo, able to reach 22 miles per hour under the water.

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How to celebrate – Go visit penguins in the zoo. Become aware of the 20 different species. Go see Happy Feet.

January 5th National Bird Day

Today is National Bird Day, not to be confused with Bird Day celebrated on May 4th. Although the days are sort of the same thing they are different. On National Bird Day we celebrate those birds native to the United States. The day was probably created by the U.S. Pet Industry in an effort to sell more birds.

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There are a lot of birds in the Untied States. Some actually fly! My personal favorite is the Cardinal but that’s because my favorite color is red. My bet is, that if you like a particular bird it;’s because of the birds color. Or maybe their song, or maybe some other reason only known to you.

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I live in Florida so we are normally surrounded by birds year round. Most of the time it’s good, sometimes it’s a little noisy but you get use to it. Birds can be majestic like the Eagle or tiny like the mockingbird. Each state has a bird that is considered native to their state, several states claim the same type of bird as their own.

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All you have to do is look up at the sky and admire the birds over head. (Just keep your mouth closed as you look up) Also, from personal experience, if you have one of the various birds you can teach words to do not, I repeat do not, teach to say… “Here kitty kitty”.

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It’s interesting to think that Benjamin Franklin wanted the national bird to be the turkey instead of the eagle. What was he thinking!?! My best guess is that he was thinking about lunch.

How to celebrate – Learn your state bird. Get a bird for a pet. Learn to do the chicken dance.

August 4th International Owl Awareness Day

August 4th International Owl Awareness Day

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Today we celebrate the Owl. Screech owl, Great Horned Owl, White-Faced Owl, Chaco Owl, Eagle Owl, Snowy Owl, Spectacled Owl, Burrowing Owl… Who knew there were so many.

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This predatory bird may come from the Strigidae (Traditional) Owl family or the Tytonidae Owl (Barn). This majestic animal is primarily a night hunter and considered very intelligent… at least to other owls!

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How to celebrate – Go out tonight and see how many owls you can spot. Celebrate Yodi, a University of Bath owl that keeps the seagulls away. Look up all the varieties of owls.

March 19th National Poultry Day

Today we honor those birds and fowl that give their all for us, because we eat them. Chickens, turkeys and any form of bird that serves as a meal. Now before you get all upset and angry about our consumption of animals understand, we have to eat and like it or not, man is a carnivore.

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Chicken is the most prevalent among the fowl we consume. There are those who do not like chicken, or any kind of fowl, but by far most adults and kids prefer chicken to any other kind of fowl served up.

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Turkey is leaner and better for you, but not for the turkey. Today we have turkey everything, meant to make our meals better for us. Now I like turkey, but not so much turkey burgers and such. I know, I know, it’s better for you but I want my hamburgers made out of beef!

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And then there is the Cornish hen. A little gamely for me but many like it. The one in the photo above is pretty big, most I have seen are very small. It might take a half dozen of them to fill you up.

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And of course, there is the blackbird pie. Personally, I’ve never had one of these and don’t think I would try it even if it was served in front of me. But that’s what today is all about. Honoring those creatures that keep us full and give us the energy to eat all those nasty vegetables!

How to celebrate – Serve up something fowl for dinner! Don’t think too much about what you are eating. Watch out for salmonella.