“Birds are a miracle because they prove to us
there is a finer, simpler state of being
which we may strive to attain.”
Yesterday was the 14th National Bird Day. Why do we have a National Bird Day? To celebrate the beauty, songs, and flight of birds, because birds have long been a source of human inspiration.
Sadly, 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 serve as our barometer of ecosystem health and alert system for detecting global environmental ills.
In fact, many of the world’s parrots and songbirds are threatened with extinction due to illegal pet trade, disease, and habitat loss.
We all need to be aware of the physical and behavioral needs of all birds to improve 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 why we celebrate National Bird Day.