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A bird painting by Louis Agassiz Fuertes
A bird painting by Louis Agassiz Fuertes

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The First Bird Day
May 4, 1894

A hawk soars in the sky. A robin sings in a tree. What do you know about the birds around you? The public learned a lot more about birds starting on May 4, 1894, the first observed Bird Day. The superintendent of schools in Oil City, Pennsylvania, Charles A. Babcock, suggested the holiday. Often combined with Arbor Day (which celebrates trees), Bird Day was widely celebrated, encouraging conservation training and awareness of birds for all.
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