5th January 2021
We Need Your Help!
National Bird day which is traditionally celebrated in America is a day for us all take a moment to appreciate the biodiversity of birds in the natural world and also to place an importance on the well being of birds kept in captivity.
The History of Bird Day
Bird day doesn't have a long history, it has been celebrated annually since the first Bird Day in 2002.
The day was established due to the recognition of a rapid decrease in a few species of birds, to bring awareness to the unfriendly human activities that could harm birds and to raise awarness as to what we can do.
Out of the approximately 11,154 known bird species, 159 (1.4%) have become extinct, 226 (2%) are critically endangered, 461 (4.1%) are endangered, 800 (7.2%) are vulnerable and 1018 (9.1%) are near threatened. There is a general consensus among scientists who study these trends that if human impact on the environment continues as it has one-third of all bird species and an even greater proportion of bird populations will be gone by the end of this century.
Human activity is the greatest cause of bird extinction around the world. The top human causes of bird extinction involve: the increased human population, destruction of habitat (through development for habitation, logging, animal and single-crop agriculture, and invasive plants), bird trafficking, egg collecting, pollution (in fertilizers impacting native plants and diversity, pesticides, herbicides directly impacting them as well as the plant and animal food birds eat, including the food for their food source further down along the food chain), and climate change and global warming. Due to the increasing human population, people seek additional space from what was once wild. This is a major contributor to extinction.
How Should We Mark Bird Day?
It would be a nice idea to have a get-together with friends and family and get involved in the activity of bird watching.
The main aim of observing birds for the day is to create awareness and to learn the roles we can play in reducing their likelihood of extinction. It is essential to share the importance of birds to future generations.
Any activities that might educate children about the important roles that birds play in maintaining natural eco-systems, spreading seeds and being a crucial part of the food chain, etc.
What Can We Do To Reduce The Likelihood Of Bird Species Extinction?
1. Plant beneficial trees and shrubs for the native birds in your area.
2. Many people like to provide seed mix to attract wild birds to their garden, this may not be in the best interests for the wild birds as it may reduce their capability to find food as they would naturally in the wild and of course the seed you provide has likely been conventionally grown and therefore sprayed with harmful chemicals. If you would like to bring the beautiful native birds to your garden in a way that is not harmful to them, find out what they naturally eat in the wild and plant these food sources for them, you may also provide them with a bird bath to attract them to your garden. This will save you money in the long run and increase the welfare of the native birds in your area.
3. Participate in bird count events!
4. Support organic farming and/or grow your own! Choosing organic options for your own diet where possible will not only be beneficial for your own health but also for the health of the environment and all wild birds, animals, marine-life and insects alike. Say NO to industrial, conventional, chemically grown foods.
5. Reduce your consumption/reliance on plastics, specifically single-use! Plastics as you know are just about everywhere these days and when they enter the natural environment are very easily mistaken for food to wild animals, sea birds are particularly vulnerable to this threat we have created. Reducing plastic may be a lot easier said than done, but that is why we have created the plastic-free store, to make it easier for people like you to find alternative options all in the one place while also helping to plant trees to create habitat, sequester CO2 emission and much more!
See below some native bird images I have taken myself from my garden in Victoria, Australia: