When is Draw a picture of a Bird Day? Always April 8th!
Origin of this Holiday
This holiday is an American holiday celebrated each and every year on April 8th.
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. We did however find that this holiday has been celebrated for years. There is plenty of documentation to support that this holiday does indeed exist.
This holiday is referred to as a "National" day. However, we did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day. Even though we didn't, this is still a holiday that is publicized to celebrate. So have fun with it and celebrate it!
Which Holiday categories does this holiday fit into?
We found recognition about this holiday from:
Calendar sites and personal Internet sites that blog and share information about this holiday.
How is this holiday celebrated?
- School Activity: Many grammer schools will take the students outside to get a good look at birds in nature or sometimes bring a caged pet bird into the classroom for students to draw. This day is a day to learn about birds plus a art class of drawing birds- Did you know there is another holiday which students have fun drawing and crafting birds? Yep, we can't forget about Thanksgiving , the most popular holiday where the turkey is a favorite to color, paint, craft and wear on our heads!
- Bird Watching: In order to draw birds it requires a bit of bird watching. Most birdwatchers pursue this activity mainly for recreational or social reasons and just enjoy the day of drawing birds. Wikipedia says "The most active times of the year for birding in temperate zones are during the spring or fall migrations when the greatest variety of birds may be seen. On these occasions, large numbers of birds travel north or south to wintering or nesting locations. Early mornings are typically better as the birds are more active and vocal making them easier to spot." We think that this is why "Draw a picture of a bird day" is celebrated in spring time.
- Moms at home with young children: Moms will introduce this fun day to their young children by getting coloring books about birds and letting the kids color the pictures. Many coloring books have the dot-to-dot pages that help children draw birds as well. This not only teaches about drawing but helps children learn about the many different types of birds and their colors.
- Artists: Artists will clebrate this fun holiday too! "Drawing is a visual art that makes use of any number of drawing instruments to mark a two-dimensional medium. Common instruments include graphite pencils, pen and ink, inked brushes, wax color pencils, crayons, charcoals, chalk, pastels, markers, stylus, or various metals like silverpoint. An artist who practices or works in drawing may be referred to as a draftsman or draughtsman."
Definition of the word Drawing:
"Drawing is a form of visual expression and is one of the major forms within the visual arts. There are a number of subcategories of drawing, including cartooning. Certain drawing methods or approaches, such as "doodling" and other informal kinds of drawing such as drawing in the fog a shower leaves on a bathroom mirror, or the surrealist method of "entoptic graphomania", in which dots are made at the sites of impurities in a blank sheet of paper, and lines are then made between the dots, may or may not be considered as part of "drawing" as a "fine art.""
Fun Facts about Birds:
- Birds (class Aves) are winged, bipedal, endothermic (warm-blooded), vertebrate animals that lay eggs.
- There are around 10,000 living species, making them the most numerous tetrapod vertebrates.
- They inhabit ecosystems across the globe, from the Arctic to the Antarctic.
- Birds range in size from the 5 cm (2 in) Bee Hummingbird to the 2.7 m (8 ft 10 in) Ostrich.
- The fossil record indicates that birds evolved from theropod dinosaurs during the Jurassic period, around 150–200 Ma (million years ago), and the earliest known bird is the Late Jurassic Archaeopteryx, c 155–150 Ma. Most paleontologists regard birds as the only clade of dinosaurs that survived the Cretaceous–Tertiary extinction event approximately 65.5 Ma.
"Modern birds are characterised by feathers, a beak with no teeth, the laying of hard-shelled eggs, a high metabolic rate, a four-chambered heart, and a lightweight but strong skeleton. All birds have forelimbs modified as wings and most can fly, with some exceptions including ratites, penguins, and a number of diverse endemic island species. Birds also have unique digestive and respiratory systems that are highly adapted for flight. Some birds, especially corvids and parrots, are among the most intelligent animal species; a number of bird species have been observed manufacturing and using tools, and many social species exhibit cultural transmission of knowledge across generations."