NATIONAL AUDUBON DAY
On April 26th each year, National Audubon Day honors the birth of John James Audubon (April 26, 1785 – January 27, 1851).
Audubon was a French-American ornithologist, naturalist, and painter noted for his extensive studies of American birds and his detailed illustrations of the birds in their natural habitats. Audubon’s greatest work was The Birds of America which is considered one of the finest ornithological works ever completed. His work in this book contains more than 700 North American bird species with 435 hand-colored, life-size prints of 497 bird species.
Spring is an excellent time to observe the birds John Audubon described and painted. As they migrate across the country, set out feeders to welcome them along their journey. Watch them from your window or while strolling on a path.
According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, at last count approximately 45 million people watch birds. They bird watch while they travel or all year long from their homes. Many trek around the country to see a bird for the first time in its natural habitat. So can you. Learn about their habitats and migration patterns. Or simply watch them for their color and song.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalAudubonDay
- Grab the binoculars, and the bird book, and see how many birds you can identify.
- Join local bird-watching groups for tips and ideas.
- Download and print the Bird Bingo game and play while you watch.
- Use #NationalAudubonDay or #Audubon Day to post on social media.
NATIONAL AUDUBON DAY HISTORY
The National Audubon Society sponsors National Audubon Day.
Q. What is an ornithologist?
A. An ornithologist studies birds.
Q. How can I attract birds to my home?
A. Plant native plants and trees. Also, include a water source such as a birdbath or fountain. These steps provide habitat and a food source for birds.