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2011 National Bird Day News
Bird-lovers in communities throughout the country are celebrating National Bird Day in a variety of ways. Check this site often for updates, and please let us know about special events we can add to the list. National Bird Day, January 5, 2010, was a big success. Read all about it.
Honduras Macaws Receive an Assist
Scarlet macaws once flew over much of Central America. Today, fewer than 200 remain in Central America, and that population is under constant and sustained threat from deforestation and poaching.
Born Free USA is supporting a new project to monitor nests and to combat poaching and other threats to a population of macaws in Honduras. Born Free USA already has provided the seed money to send biologists back into the field in January 2011 and will work to raise additional funds to purchase supplies and the needed military security to keep the project going. Read more at the Lafeber Conservation and Wildlife website.
Birders of the World Unite
In celebration of National Bird Day, the Birder's Network has selected Jan. 5, 2011, for the "grand opening" of its website.
The Birder's Network promotes bird-watching and appreciation for birds in the wild by creating a forum to bring beginners and experts together, share information and connect with birders around the world.
Let's Go Fly a (Macaw) Kite
In celebration of the National Bird Day and to raise awareness of the severe decline of wild parrots in Honduras, Born Free USA and friends will be flying scarlet macaw kites at Golden Gate National Park's Crissy Field in San Francisco on Jan. 5, 2011.
After the National Bird Day event, the kites will be donated to be used in conservation education programs for children in Honduras and Guatemala. For more information, e-mail Born Free USA.
Students Bring Cranes into the Fold
Public relations students at California State University, Sacramento have teamed up with Born Free USA to help promote National Bird Day in Sacramento. The students are folding large origami cranes that will be decorated by second- and third-grade students at the Courtyard Private School in Sacramento. In addition, teachers will be reading "Lucky" to their students to help send the message that wildlife belong in the wild.
When It Comes to Birds, BAEER's with Us
Born Free USA will host a booth at the Bay Area Environmental Education Resource Fair (BAEER) Fair featuring "Lucky" and the associated lesson plan aimed at bringing humane education and environmental education together with Born Free USA's Keep Wildlife in the Wild® message.
The event is specially designed for teachers, community educators, students, families and all concerned about the environment we share.
From 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 22, 2011, at the Marin Civic Center in San Rafael
A 'Wonderland' of Adoption and Education
The Avian Welfare Coalition will be hosting a table featuring National Bird Day at "Whiskers in Wonderland," a holiday adoption and education event presented by Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals and Best Friends Animal Society.
From noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010; and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th St., Manhattan
Learning About Birds Is Elementary
On January 5, 2011, Kerulos and the Avian Welfare Coalition once again will celebrate National Bird Day with the children of New York.
This year, Rhame Avenue joins Centre Avenue Elementary School in an art exhibition dedicated to the memory of East Rockaway's former mayor Ed Sieban. Under the guidance and supervision of Centre Avenue art teacher Beth Brody, kindergartners will paint birdhouses while first-graders will make cloth stuffed birds. Second-graders will make prints of birds on colorful watercolor paper, and third-graders will create bird collages. James Audubon-style bird drawings with color pencils will be the task of fourth-graders, while fifth-graders will design highly stylized birds using color markers. Sixth-graders will craft aluminum-embossed bird ornaments. All art will be on display at the public library and town hall. Learn more at The Kerulos Center website.
Good Things Take Flight in Charlottesville
The mayor of Charlottesville, Va., Dave Norris, has issued a National Bird Day proclamation for The Central Virginia Parrot Sanctuary and Matt Smith, executive director of the sanctuary, might be a guest on the mayor's weekly radio program during the week of NBD along with other events. Stay tuned!
Book Some Time for Birds at the Richmond East End Library
The Richmond Public Library's East End branch, at 2414 R St., hosts a special National Bird Day talk on the birds of Virginia. The event, which starts at 10:30 a.m., will include bird arts and crafts. For more information, call the East End branch at (804) 646-4474.