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This year, we kick off our annual National Bird Day activities with a children’s poetry contest. Children from ages 5-18 can participate in two separate age groups: 5-12 and 13-18. Children can join us in celebrating birds by writing a poem in any style around the theme “Poetry Uncaged,” reflecting the plight of exotic birds in captivity, the pet bird trade, or the dangers to birds in the wild. Any ideas inspired by exotic or wild birds are encouraged. Think outside the box—or outside the cage, as we say in relation to birds!
Often a bird is heard before he is seen. An important skill for any birder is the ability to identify birds by their unique call. Test your skill with our bird call quiz.
Host a coloring contest for kids.
Arrange a "More Beautiful Wild" coloring contest with your local school, library, or newspaper. Invite kids color a picture of wild parrots for a chance to compete in different age categories for a prize or gift certificate.
For more ideas for kids to celebrate National Bird Day, click here.
Make your own Origami Crane!
If you think paper airplanes are fun, wait until you learn how to create a bird of nature! After downloading a template and instructions, you'll soon experience the joy of flying artwork!
Send an e-card to a friend to introduce them to National Bird Day. Sending the card is simple! With five designs to choose from, you're bound to find a card that fits your friend, and you can add your own personal message. Just follow the easy instructions.