NATIONAL BIRD DAY
Nature lovers, bird lovers, and bird watchers across the country annually recognize National Bird Day on January 5th. It’s also one of several designated holidays celebrating birds.
Born Free USA emphasizes the importance of National Bird Day and lists it as a day to shine a spotlight on issues critical to the protection and survival of birds, both captive and wild.
According to Born Free USA, nearly 12 percent of the world’s almost 10,000 bird species are in danger of extinction.
Join over half a million avian admirers celebrate National Bird Day through a bevy of activities.
- studying birds
- educating others
- other bird-related activities
- A particularly important National Bird Day activity is bird adoption. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution newspaper article, many bird enthusiasts celebrate by adopting birds on this day and educating future bird owners about the special issues involved with taking care of birds, including the “proper care, cleanup, noise and biting, feeding, diet and their need for daily interaction.”
There are approximately 10,000 species of birds.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBirdDay
There are several ways to celebrate this day.
- Pick up a bird identification book. It will help you to learn about species in your area and identify those frequenting your bird feeders.
- Enhance the attraction of your backyard. Add feeders, shelter and more. Learn what birds in your area like to eat and watch them flock to your sanctuary.
- Donate to a bird sanctuary or aviary dedicated to improving the survival of endangered birds.
- While you’re learning about all the amazing species, visit an aviary. A botanical garden, zoo, or conservation area may offer close up viewing of some of the more exotic species you’ve never seen before.
Whichever way you choose, be sure to invite someone to join you so you can share the experience. Also, as always, use #NationalBirdDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL BIRD DAY HISTORY
Bird Day – May 4
Established in 1894 by Oil City, Pennsylvania school superintendent Charles Babcock. The first holiday in the United States dedicated to the celebration of birds. Babcock’s intention in creating this day was to advance bird conservation as a moral value.
International Migratory Bird Day
Second Saturday in May in U.S. and Canada – second Saturday in October in Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean.
Originated by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and coordinated by Environment for the Americas. A conservation initiative bringing awareness on conserving migratory birds and their habitats throughout the Western Hemisphere. Dedicated to international conservation efforts and environmental education in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean.
Bird Day in the United Kingdom
Started in 1979
Coordinated by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, up to half a million bird lovers annually spend an hour counting birds on Bird Day.
World Migratory Bird Day
Second Saturday in May
The United Nations established World Migratory Bird Day in 2006.
NATIONAL KETO DAY
National Keto Day hits January 5th with an approach to transforming our health. Recent research suggests the high-fat, low-carb ketogenic or ‘keto’ diet offers a number of benefits.
Two of the most significant perks seen with the keto diet are weight loss and healthy blood sugar support. In fact, studies have shown improved glycemic control for those with type 2 diabetes while adhering to a ketogenic diet.
Other health benefits of a keto diet may include healthy cholesterol and blood pressure support. It may also be beneficial for those with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
How does the diet work? By eliminating carbohydrates, your body will use up its store of glycogen first. Then it will move into ketosis and begin burning fat.
Primarily, a keto diet consists of healthy fats, like eggs, avocado, olive oil, and sustainably-raised meat. Nuts, seeds, dairy, and low-carbohydrate vegetables such as asparagus, broccoli, and green peppers are also easy to incorporate. Coconut oil, grass-fed butter, and ghee add fat and flavor to a keto diet. Occasionally, small servings of berries are added to the menu.
Eliminate these foods if you are considering a keto diet:
- sweets, sugar, sodas, baked goods
- grains, whole grains, and starches
- fruits, starchy vegetables
- hydrogenated oils, vegetable oil
- diet foods, including low sugar, sugar-free, low-fat foods
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalKetoDay
If you’re considering the keto approach to a healthier lifestyle, or are already engaged in it, whip up your best keto meal or snack, and post a pic of it to Instagram using the hashtag #NationalKetoDay. For every post, The Vitamin Shoppe will donate $5 to Blessings in a Backpack, a non-profit organization that provides food on weekends to elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry.
You can also stop into your local The Vitamin Shoppe the weekend of the 5th to sample various keto products for free. Make sure to follow @vitaminshoppe on Instagram for more details!
NATIONAL KETO DAY HISTORY
The Vitamin Shoppe founded National Keto Day on January 5, 2019, to educate and bring awareness to the ketogenic diet and further highlight the many health benefits a keto lifestyle offers.
In 2019, the Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed National Keto Day to be observed annually on January 5th.
NATIONAL WHIPPED CREAM DAY
On January 5, add a little extra something special to desserts to celebrate National Whipped Cream Day. Add whipped cream! Not only does it add creaminess and a bit of pizzaz, but it also makes the difference between the ho-hum or a celebration kind of beverage or dessert.
This holiday falls on the birthday of Reddi-Wip founder Aaron “Bunny” Lapin (January 5, 1914 – July 10, 1999). Lapin invented Reddi-Wip in 1948, and the holiday celebrates whipped cream’s contributions to the dessert world.
While most often sweetened and flavored with vanilla, whipped cream dresses up desserts with other flavors, too. With a hint of coffee or chocolate or the zing of orange or mint, whipped cream adds a delightfulness to pies, cakes, and beverages. We call it by other names, too, such as Chantilly cream or creme Chantilly, milk snow or snow cream.
Recipes from the 16th century included whipped cream sweetened and aromatized. In these recipes, naturally separated cream is whipped, typically with willow or rush branches, then the resulting foam on the surface would from time to time be skimmed off and drained, which was a process taking an hour or more.
The English name whipped cream found its beginning in 1673. The name snow cream continued to be used throughout the 17th century.
HOW TO OBSERVE #WhippedCreamDay
Try one of the following recipes:
Use #WhippedCreamDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL WHIPPED CREAM DAY HISTORY
While the day is celebrated on Reddi-Wip founder, Aaron “Buddy” Lapin’s birthday, National Day Calendar continues seeking information on the founders of the day. The country has observed the day since at least 1984 according to an article published in The Philadelphia Inquirer on December 30 of that year written by Susan Dundon.
Interestingly, a horse named King Of Peru won the National Whipped Cream Day claiming stakes race on January 5, 2001. Every horse in a claiming stakes race is up for sale.
NATIONAL SCREENWRITERS DAY
On January 5, when the credits roll on your favorite show or movie, admire the writers on National Screenwriters Day!
You’ve probably heard of Steven Spielberg, the great director, who is known for Saving Private Ryan, Raiders of The Lost Arc, and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
But do you know that Spielberg didn’t write any of those movies? They were all written by the screenwriter (Robert Rodat, Lawerence Kasdan, and Melissa Mathison respectively).
Inside the industry, these screenwriters are well known for their ability to crack the story, create great roles for actors, and write memorable dialogue. But there are also writers in living rooms all around the world, tapping away at their keyboards, writing what could be the next breakout movie.
Listen to what Ryan Reynolds said when he received the award for Best Actor.
“I’d like to take this chance to thank the screenwriters, not just the ones on Deadpool, but everywhere. It is a hugely undervalued asset in Hollywood. They are the architects. They make us look good.”
– Ryan Reynolds accepting the 2016 Critics’ Choice Award for Best Actor
So why haven’t we heard of these creative souls?
You will…starting now…with National Screenwriters Day!
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalScreenwritersDay
Go to NationalScreenwritersDay.com to find out the latest updates and see interviews with top screenwriters about their mysterious vocation. Look up the origins of your favorite movie and see who the screenwriter is. Send a shoutout using #NationalScreenwritersDay on social media.
NATIONAL SCREENWRITERS DAY HISTORY
ScreenwritingU.com, the leading education source for screenwriters worldwide, founded National Screenwriters Day. Its purpose is to recognize the talents behind the scripts coming out of the television and film world.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar® declared the day in July of 2016.
Recipe of the Day
Name: Toasted Ravioli
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total Prep: 50 minutes
1 16 oz. package cheese ravioli, fresh or frozen (thawed)
2 large eggs, beaten
1 cup milk
1 cup Italian bread crumbs
1 cup Panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Prepare a platter with paper towels to absorb oil from the ravioli after frying.
In a deep fryer or a saucepan, heat 2-3 inches of oil to 325° F.
In a small bowl, whisk eggs and milk together.
In a separate bowl, mix breadcrumbs.
Coat ravioli thoroughly in egg mixture and allow excess to drip off. Then, dredge in the breadcrumbs and completely cover.
Drop ravioli gently into the oil, frying 3-5 at a time. Be sure to flip with a wooden spoon to cook evenly.
Remove ravioli to drain on the paper towels when they are golden brown and sprinkle with Parmesan.
Serve with marinara, ranch or alfredo sauce.
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