January 5 is National Bird Day, a campaign begun by the good folks over at Born Free USA to not only bring attention to the plight of captive-bred birds but to also educate the public about the predicament of all the world’s birds.
And, boy, do birds ever need our help.
Nearly 12 percent of the planet’s 9,800 bird species could face extinction within the next 100 years, including nearly one-third of the 330 parrot species.
That’s not all.
The recent mass deaths of birds—be it 5,000 red-winged blackbirds in Arkansas or thousands of turtle doves in Italy—have both flummoxed and worried scientists since birds are a sentinel species—basically a weathervane for biosphere vitality.
Click here for nine simple steps you can take today to keep our birds where they belong—safe, sound, and soaring in the skies.