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Celebrate Bird Day With Friends and Family

Each year millions of birds make that long flight from their wintering grounds in Mexico, Central and South America back to their seasonal breeding grounds in the United States and Canada.

This feat is so amazing and inspiring that on the second Saturday of May, birders in North America observe International Migratory Bird Day.

Bird Day takes place this Saturday, May 14, at recreation centers and parks around the country where birders can celebrate by participating in fun activities.

Over the years, Bird Day has taken on an additional role to raise awareness of the declining migratory bird populations, mostly caused by a loss of habitat.

Not only are losses of habitat contributing to the decline of birds, but some birders are worried about the effects of the BP oil spill on birds that ventured south into the Gulf of Mexico.

Nevertheless, you can raise awareness of the issues facing birds in the U.S. this Saturday by simply going birding in the morning, participating in field trips like the one at Yellowstone National Park or taking your friend to the park to look at birds.

If you’re interested in learning more about International Migratory Bird Day or want a comprehensive list of activities planned on that day, visit http://www.birdday.org/.

Timothy Martinez Jr. is a writer and freelance journalist. His work has been published in The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, Remapping Debate in New York City and other publications. He’s been a bird lover since he was young and currently lives in New Orleans, L.A.