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12th Annual National Bird Day
January 5, 2014
An important day to learn more about the plight of all birds, captive and wild.
Sunday, January 5 is the 12th anniversary of National Bird Day, when Born Free USA, a leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, in conjunction with Avian Welfare Coalition, shines a spotlight on issues critical to the protection and survival of birds – captive and wild. The annual campaign focuses on education and action to stop the international trade in wild birds, raises awareness about standards of care for birds who have been adopted as pets, and pushes for a deeper respect and understanding about the plight of all birds.
According to Adam Roberts, Executive Vice President of Born Free USA, “Nearly 12
percent of the world’s 9,800 bird species may face extinction within the next century,
including nearly one-
This year, Born Free USA is asking the public to watch the PBS Nature program, Parrot Confidential. This documentary explores the difficulties of living with and raising captive parrots, the tireless efforts of rescuers who work to save the lives of unwanted and abandoned captive parrots, and the rehabilitators dedicated to conservation efforts in the wild.
Seven ways to get involved:
1. Watch Parrot Confidential.
2. Go to starting on January 5, 2014 for special video diaries and interviews from experts at Born Free USA and Avian Welfare Coalition staff, as well as bird watchers, rescuers, researchers, and activists.
3. Follow Born Free USA’s special Bird Blog beginning mid-
4. Take Born Free USA’s bird quiz and test your knowledge of bird calls with an interactive challenge.
5. Send a National Bird Day E-
6. For bird owners: Learn tips on what you can do make your bird happy.
7. For wild bird lovers: Learn tips to reduce bird collisions.
Roberts adds, “Birds belong in the wild. It is very challenging to meet their needs
in a home or any captive environment. They are highly intelligent, very social, flight-
Born Free USA is a nationally recognized leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation.
Through litigation, legislation, and public education, Born Free USA leads vital
campaigns against animals in entertainment, exotic “pets,” trapping and fur, and
the destructive international wildlife trade. Born Free USA brings to America the
message of “compassionate conservation” -