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May12–16

The Biggest Week in American Birding – May 12-16, 2023

The Biggest Week in American Birding starts on the Friday of the first full week in May and continues for 10 days. This year, it takes place from May 12 to 16. The Black Swamp Bird Observatory organizes the events for the day. It is a festival for bird watchers and those who love nature and wildlife. A complete feast for the eyes with the colors of so many birds combined with their melody. The event takes place in Ohio, also known as the Warbler Capital of the World. So get your gear and be ready for a wonderful experience.

History of The Biggest Week in American Birding

Birds have always mesmerized us with their ability to fly. They inspired our dreams of flight and freedom. They are also some of the most amazing creatures on this planet. Vibrant colors and melodious songs, flashy moves to impress a mate and intimidate a rival, and a cunning eye watching for both predator and prey. Birds are awesome creatures. Recent studies on fossils reveal that birds evolved from theropod dinosaurs. Evolution started around 150 million years ago and resulted in the spectacular species that we see today. It took millions of years for the features of modern birds to evolve. Currently, there are more than 10,000 extant species of birds all over the world.

The availability of food, water, and a favorable climate for living and mating is not so easy for birds. To counter this shortage, birds exploited their advantage in mobility and started migrating. Migration is a difficult process, but most bird species have evolved adaptations that can help them easily migrate great distances without stopping.

The great migration of most birds is a thrilling and endearing sight. We still have much to learn about flight patterns and migration mechanics. Some people (like us) admire the elegance and beauty of birds. Such people are known as Birders. George Stuart Keith is considered the first official bird watcher. The Biggest Week in American Birding is a festival for birders to experience the joy of watching warblers and other water birds like swans, herons, and egrets.

The Biggest Week in American Birding timeline

1500 B.C. — 800 B.C.
Bird Mentions in Vedas

The ancient religious text Vedas mentions brood parasitism in the Asian Koel.

4 B.C.
Aristotle and Birds

Aristotle recognizes eight principle groups of birds and mentions over 170 birds in his book.

2 A.D.
The Work of Aelianus

Claudius Aelianus, a Roman author lists birds in alphabetic order in his book of animals.

1922
BirdLife International

BirdLife International, previously known as the International Council for Bird Preservation, is established.

The Biggest Week in American Birding FAQs

What are bird watchers called?

Bird watchers are also called ornithologists. The term for causal watchers is a birder.

What do birders do?

Birders observe wild birds and understand and identify them.

How many birds are there currently in the world?

Most data agrees that there are 50 billion to 430 billion birds on our planet.

The Biggest Week in American Birding Activities

  1. Enjoy bird watching

    This is a time for bird watching. So let's not waste any more time, pick up your gears and go capture the moments of birds.

  2. Feed birds

    Birds can suffer if water or food is not available. During summer, keep the water outside so that birds can drink from it.

  3. Raise awareness about the importance of birds

    Birds are an important part of our ecosystem. Raise awareness about their importance to our world.

5 Fascinating Facts About Migrating Birds

  1. Birds are migratory

    Around 40% of all the birds are migrants.

  2. Highest-flying migratory birds

    Bar-headed geese are the highest-flying migratory birds — they regularly fly above the Himalayas reaching altitudes of five miles and a half above sea level.

  3. Ruppel’s griffon vulture vs jet

    A Ruppel’s griffon vulture collided with a plane that was flying at an altitude of seven miles in 1975.

  4. The longest migration

    The Arctic terns fly more than 49,700 miles in a year, making theirs the longest migration in the world.

  5. The longest recorded non-stop flight

    The bar-tailed godwit regularly flies around 7,000 miles without stopping making them the longest recorded non-stop flyers.

Why We Love The Biggest Week in American Birding

  1. Birds are fascinating

    Birds are amazing creatures. It is great to have their qualities highlighted once in a while and this week makes it happen.

  2. Migration is interesting

    Migration is an interesting event. Millions of birds migrate long distances in groups and solo, and we love the whole process.

  3. A week for bird watching

    We love to watch and record the activities and behavioral patterns of birds. There is so much more to understand about these amazing creatures and this week is best for that.

The Biggest Week in American Birding dates

YearDateDay
2022May 15Sunday
2023May 12Friday
2024May 10Friday
2025May 9Friday
2026May 8Friday

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