We are still here in the month of February, and I very much know that there are one or two themes going this month, one of which happens to be Black History Month; But did you know that this month happens to be a special one for birds as well? Yes, ‘tis true: February is National Bird-feeding Month, a month in which bird lovers everywhere devote this month to feeding their fine-feathered friends…
So, how did this kind of theme month came to be? Well, a man by the name of John Porter (R-IL) proclaimed this month of February to become National Bird-Feeding Month on February 23rd, 1994 when he read a resolution into the Congressional Record that read:
“Mr. Speaker, I would like to recognize February, one of the most difficult months for wild birds, as National Bird-Feeding Month. During this month, individuals are encouraged to provide food, water, and shelter to help wild birds survive. This assistance benefits the environment by supplementing a wild bird’s natural diet of wild seeds and insects. Currently, one-third of the U.S. adult population feeds wild birds in their backyards.”
“In addition, Mr. Speaker, backyard bird feeding is an entertaining, educational, and inexpensive pastime enjoyed by children and adults. Bird feeding provides a needed break from today’s frantic lifestyles. Adults enjoy the relaxation and peacefulness afforded by watching birds-nature serves to relieve the stress and can get one’s day going on a tranquil note.
Young children are naturally drawn to the activities involved in feeding wild birds, which can serve as excellent educational tools. Children can identify different species of birds with a field guide and can learn about the birds’ feeding and living habits. These observations can then provide excellent research opportunities for school projects and reports.
Feeding wild birds in the backyard is an easy hobby to start and need not to overtax the family budget. It can be as simple as mounting a single feeder outside a window and filling it with bird seed mix. For many people, the hobby progresses from there. They discover the relationship between the type and location of feeders, and the seeds offered in them, and the number and varieties of birds attached. Parents can challenge an inquisitive child’s mind as they explore together these factors in trying to encourage visits by their favorite birds.”
Each year, National Bird-Feeding Month sets its focus on a different theme, which is selected and promoted by the National Bird-Feeding Society; For example, the theme for the 2012 National Bird-Feeding Month is “If You Feed Them, They Will Come…” Now, I do not think that they have a theme for this year’s National Bird-Feeding Month, but regardless, celebrate this special month with the fine-feathered friends that you love so very much!