National Bird Day

National Bird Day

January 5, 2015 is National Bird Day!

Did you know?  There are approximately 10,000 bird species in the world. This number varies by a few hundred birds, depending on which classification system you use. Clements (now run by Cornell University) lists about 9,800 bird species whereas Sibley and IOU list over 10,000 species.

Source: www.answers.com

 

Did you know?

  • 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.

Source: www.nationalbirdday.com  (yes, there is a National Bird Day official website!)