The Birdiest Place in America
By Jarred Schuetze
Words by: Jarred Schuetze Photos by: Rachel Benavides
Another day, another national holiday made popular by social media. With all of the random and dare I say pointless national days to observe, one that should be on your radar is National Bird Day. With so many nature lovers and avid bird watchers across the country, there’s good reason behind the annually recognition of National Bird Day on January 5.
Opposite of most, this national day wasn’t created to praise an everyday item people love, but to promote avian awareness. According to studies by Born Free USA, nearly 12 percent of the world’s 10,000 species of bird are in danger of extinction. Each year, millions of birds are captured from the wild or produced in captivity for commercial profit or human amusement, only to decline in conditions that neglect the instinctive behavioral and physical needs of these wild animals. The Avian Welfare Coalition’s National Bird Day campaign aims to reduce the suffering of birds by raising public awareness of the destructive bird trade, the cruel realities of bird breeding mills, and ways to improve the welfare of birds already in captivity.
This year, join other admirers in celebrating National Bird Day by grabbing binoculars and venturing out to one of the Coastal Bend’s reputable nature preserves and sanctuaries for some of the best bird watching in the country.
Hazel Bazemore County Park
4343 Co Rd 69, Corpus Christi, TX 78410
Hans & Pat Suter Wildlife Refuge
Ennis Joslin at Nile, Corpus Christi, TX 78412
Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
1 Wild Life Circle, Austwell, TX 77950
Leonabelle Turnball Birding Center
1356 Ross Ave, Port Aransas, TX 78373
Connie Hagar Cottage Sanctuary & Wildlife Sanctuary
1401-1499 S Church St, Rockport, TX 78382
Here are other ways to get educated and become involved.
Learn about the amazing efforts of the Texas State Aquarium’s Second Chances Wildlife Rehabilitation Program:
Support reputable bird rescues and sanctuaries. More about sanctuaries here:
Spread awareness by visiting and sharing the new National Bird Day Campaign Facebook page: