Happy National Bird Day!

January 5th 2012 marks the 10th anniversary of National Bird Day! Organized by Born Free USA it promotes the idea that “non-domesticated animals that belong in the wild, where they can fly free and express their natural behaviors”. Also, birds should not be sold in pet stores; instead we should appreciate those that fly free outside our windows, and discourage captive bird trade. Click here to see how you can get involved!

To celebrate National Bird Day, here are some fun facts about birds:

The Anna’s Hummingbird is considered the fastest animal on Earth. Its courtship dive is faster than a fighter jet a full throttle. It’s swoop experiences forces 10 times the pull of gravity!

Based on similarities in skeletal structure, a good number of scientists have theorized that many modern bird species evolved from the dinosaurs.

archaeopteryx

Migratory birds (ex. geese) fly in a V-shaped formation to optimize aerodynamics and conserve energy – those in the front ‘break up’ the air along their wing tips, which both decreases air resistance for those behind and creates a sort of vortex behind the group, pushing the whole formation forward.

Some birds cannot fly. For example, the ostrich, penguin, emu, cassowary, rhea, and kiwi.

Kiwi bird (New Zealand)

The ostrich is the world’s largest (living bird). Adult males can be up to 8 feet tall and weigh between 140 to 230 pounds! Since it is also flightless, it depends on running to escape predators. Beware, they also pack a powerful kick!

Ostrich

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Holiday Fails

Sad you didn’t get that white Christmas you were hoping for? Maybe some of these winter mishaps will cheer you up!

Kid, I think the snow goes on the snowman!

But really, why was it open in the first place?

Guess you’ll have to wait til next year to get it out this time.

This one isn’t quite a mishap… yet.

So sad, so true.

This is one lucky driver!

Even if you don’t have snow, you can still put up Christmas lights right? Or, you know, “ditto” your neighbor’s.