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History of National Bird-Feeding Month
On February 23,
John Porter (R-IL)
proclaimed February as National Bird-Feeding Month when he read a resolution
Congressional Record. Below
is the formal resolution that he read.
“Mr. Speaker, I would
like to recognize February, one of the most difficult months in the United
States 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 wild
bird's natural diet of weed 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 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 attracted. Parents
can challenge an inquisitive child's mind as they explore together these
factors in trying to encourage visits by their favorite birds.”
In 2013, Westbrook Boys
Varsity Basketball began their state playoff run with the theme "Feed the
Each year, a new theme
for National Bird-Feeding Month is selected, and promoted by the
National Bird-Feeding Society. The theme
for 2012 was "If You Feed Them, They Will Come... The theme for 2011 was
"Most Wanted - America's Top Ten Backyard Birds" and features ten
species from the east and west that are among the most popular to attract. In
2010, the theme was “Hatching Out – An Introduction to the Wild Bird Feeding
goal of this theme was to promote best practices for beginners and individuals
who have been in the bird feeding hobby for decades.