In 2002, Born Free USA, a non-profit focused on wildlife conservation, activism and education, in collaboration with the Avian Welfare Coalition, launched the first annual National Bird Day to promote awareness of birds every January 5th. Many nature and bird lovers observe National Bird Day. You can also celebrate by bird watching in your own backyard!
The Rio Grande Valley of South Texas is a special place because of its large variety of birds species. Over 500 different bird species live in just the five counties of Willacy, Starr, Hidalgo, and Cameron. A species is a group of similar organisms that are able to reproduce. For example, a species of birds that is local to the Rio Grande Valley is the green jay.
The Rio Grande Valley has a subtropical climate. Climate is the overall weather conditions of a place. This is different from weather, which is the daytoday changes in our atmosphere. A subtropical climate is a climate that less rain than a tropical rainforest, yet more rain than a desert. This unique climate allows a large diversity of life to thrive in the Rio Grande Valley.
People watch and observe birds for many reasons. Many scientists keep a count over the years of the birds they have seen for scientific research, others just really enjoy watching them for recreation. By keeping a tally of the birds you see in your backyard, you will engage in observation of the environment around you, and get to know it better, and the communities of birds that live in your area