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Mark Off Your Calendar

By Laura Doering, Editor of BIRD TALK and BirdChannel.com
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For being such a short month, February is packed with holidays. First up is Ground Hog’s Day (Feb. 2). In case you missed it, groundhog Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, which means drat! another six weeks of winter. Then it’s Lincoln’s Birthday on Feb 12. I know that both of these are in February, but I can never remember which days they fall on. I imagine that’s because I don’t get them off from work.

Next up is Valentine’s Day, which I’ve had committed to memory since kindergarten, when I couldn’t wait to open up all those small envelopes sealed shut with a heart sticker. I always chose the bulky ones first because they had the candy hearts.

I forget how much I like President’s Day (Feb. 16) until I remember that we have the day off. That’s four holidays so far and there’s still 12 days to fill!

February is also full of animal observances. Did you know that the entire month is designated as National Bird-Feeding Month? To celebrate, my boys and I set up a homemade bird feeder outside the bird room. Ollie and Gracie seem to enjoy watching the comings and goings of hungry passerines. (I swear Ollie is jealous of them for having safflower seed to pick off and enjoy.)

It’s also Responsible Pet Owners Month, so my goal is to change the cage liner every single day, instead of every couple days or so. I remember reading that once you do something for 20-days straight, it becomes pattern. Twenty-eight days of cage-liner changes, hopefully, will do the trick.


The Great Backyard Bird Count Week, which is put on by the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, takes place the 13-16th. I’ve never participated, mostly because I’m afraid I’ll report the wrong species (yes, I’m never quite sure what exactly I’m seeing). But this year, armed with National Geographic’s “Field Guide to the Birds of North America,” I might just have the confidence to join in. I only hope the birds stay still long enough for me to find the right profile page.

Also this month is Pet Theft Awareness Day on Feb. 14th. Last Chance for Animals came up with that one. I imagine they chose to coincide it Valentine’s Day to hammer home how much we love our pets and how much we’d miss them if they were taken from us. Feb. 20th brings us Love Your Pet Day so I’m thinking I have to do something extra-special for the flock. So far I’ve come up with making Ollie his favorite rice, letting Gracie preen my hair when I come out of the shower (his latest obsession), and I have two new toys to ready to unveil.

If that’s not enough holiday to fill the calendar, we can take a note from the people who brought us International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day (Feb. 23) and create a special Bake For Your Bird Day. Why not make something for your bird? Not sure how to work in National Polar Bear Day (Feb. 27), but perhaps I’ll serve the flock some fruit slushy.


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