National Go Birding Day

The last Saturday in April every year is celebrated as National Go Birding Day. It celebrates an activity that is observed by millions of people around the world. Birding, also known as bird watching, is either observed as a form of citizen science or as a form of recreation—or sometimes for both.

Either way, it’s a great way for people to get out into nature and enjoy a few of the nearly 10,000+ bird species that exist in the world. The real beauty of this holiday is that anyone can enjoy it; they don’t have to be professional birdwatchers or even know anything about birds at all.

All they have to do is head outside, grab a pair of binoculars if they have them, and check out the birds in their area.

The History of National Go Birding Day

Unfortunately, it’s currently unknown who invented National Go Birding Day or when it was invented. And we can only speculate as to why it was invented. In our opinion, this holiday was probably invented by bird-watching enthusiasts who wanted to spread the love of this hobby far and wide.

Of course, we can always be wrong, so if anyone has any idea of who invented this day, why they invented it, or when they invented it, they can shoot us a line and let us know.

Some Interesting Facts About Birds

Anyone and everyone wishing to observe this holiday will most likely want to learn a little bit more about birds. So, we did a little bit of research and came up with the following bird-related facts that we think all of our readers will enjoy.

  • The chicken is the closest living relative to the T-Rex.
  • Approximately 33% of all bird owners turn on a radio for their pet when they leave the home.
  • Scientists believe that the goose was the first bird to be domesticated by humans.
  • Chickens can make over 200 different sounds to communicate with one another.
  • The penguin is the only bird that can swim but can’t fly.

Observing National Go Birding Day

On this day, people can take the time to check out one of the many bird species that likely exist right outside their homes. Although different bird species exist in different areas of the world, we can tell most people about the bird species that we see while looking out our window.

These birds include Northern Cardinals, House Sparrows, Blue Jays, Mourning Doves, and Common Quail. While people are observing this holiday, they can use the hashtag #NationalGoBirdingDay to spread the word about this day.

When is it?
This year (2024)
April 27 Saturday
Next year (2025)
April 26 Saturday
Last year (2023)
April 29 Saturday