National Audubon Day

Here we have a day dedicated to birds and the French-American ornithologist and painter named Audubon. A significant figure in the study of birds and wildlife, he created detailed paintings and illustrations of birds that helped bring awareness and educate others about American birds. So, on April 26th, many celebrate National Audubon Day.

What Is National Audubon Day?

It was Audubon’s book The Birds of America for which many people remember him today. It contains details of over 700 birds and more than 400 hand-drawn illustrations, which are considered highly significant by many. A first edition of the book sold for over $11 million in 2010. In spring, many of these birds migrate, making it an excellent time to acknowledge the day and get involved in a bit of bird watching of your own.

The day itself brings attention to the 10,000 species of birds around the world. Since their habitats are constantly shrinking, and the rise of domestic pets like cats has had a significant impact on their numbers, the day is important.

It was John James Audubon who started bird banding in America. This was significant for the observation and understanding of their migratory habits. Now, bird watching is a serious activity, with many waiting hours, even days, to get a glimpse of a rare bird in their area. People even go on holiday to do this. Audubon was also a significant taxidermist; even a young Charles Darwin once attended one of his demonstrations.

It is difficult to determine when National Audubon Day first came to light, but he does have an interesting legacy. In 1940, the US Postal Service honored him with a 1-cent stamp.

How To Observe National Audubon Day

One of the most obvious ways is to try and get involved in bird watching. This can be from the window, looking into the garden as they snack on a tray of birdseed that you have left in a position where you can observe them.

Otherwise, we encourage you to check out some of the incredible drawings and art of Audubon. Why not delve a little deeper and find out more about the man, his upbringing in France, and how he ended up in Kentucky of all places. He also had his own methods that can be interesting to study.

By finding out more about the local bird life, you are encouraging the next generation to be more considerate. Talk to the kids about why it is important to look after their habitat and see what birds you can identify. There is even a bird bingo game that can be fun to try with the young ones.

Try sketching those birds for yourself – you only need a pad of paper, some pencils, and binoculars to get started. The hashtag #NationalAudubonDay is one of the best when it comes to days of the year, as the results are fascinating and often vibrant. This can be a good way to find out new ways to observe National Audubon Day on April 26th.

When is it?
This year (2024)
April 26 Friday
Next year (2025)
April 26 Saturday
Last year (2023)
April 26 Wednesday
Animals, Nature & Environment