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January 5th is National Bird Day

Birds delight ardent bird watchers and have captivated people who have watched live streams of bird’s eggs hatching, but birds still have a long way to go towards conservation efforts. January 5 is National Bird Day, and is scheduled to coincide with the annual Christmas Bird Count. For more than a decade, the Christmas Bird count lasts three weeks and is the longest running citizen science survey in the world that helps to monitor the health of the nation’s birds. Not only does it help scientists understand the nation’s birds better, but it encourages the public to get involved and to care about the future of birds.

The future of all species of birds faces a gloomy future if people don’t start caring more about protecting them. According to the National Bird Day website, close to twelve percent of the world’s 9,800 bird species face extinction within the next century. This percentage also includes one-third of the world’s 330 parrot species. Parrots and other songbirds face extinction for a number of reasons, some including the illegal pet trade, disease and habitat loss.

So, want to get involved in National Bird Day? Great, here’s how! Join Born Free USA and the Avian Welfare Coalition in the annual National Day of Action for Captive Birds. By joining these organizations, people will help others understand the dangers that are destroying species of captive birds. People will also speak up in asking pet stores to not sell birds in their stores.

Other things that people can do to spread the word involve sending an e-card to a friend or family member telling them about National Bird Day. Another is contributing to Born Free USA's Global Field Projects that protect African gray parrots in Cameroon and scarlet macaws in Honduras.

Birds bring song and happiness to a lot of people, and need as much help as they can get preserving their homes and species, so please visit the National Bird Day website at http://www.nationalbirdday.com/index.php to learn more. With the support of activists, the public can continue to be involved and learn in advocating bird conservation.