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Do you know the date we celebrate birds in Alabama?

This special day was set aside for observance each year in the schools, for the purpose of encouraging interest in the bird life of the State of Alabama. While there may have been the occasional observance of special days here and there in the State prior to 1908, it was not until that year that May 4 was formally adopted as bird day in Alabama.

Alabama state bird (208x300)

This annual celebration was instituted by John H. Wallace, Jr. State game and fish commissioner. Beginning in 1908, he has compiled, and published annually through the State education department, an attractive bird day book, which is given general distribution for use in the schools of the State.

These books now under nine volumes, and constitute a very interesting series. They are filled with poems, prose selections, notes on bird life, economic value of birds, outlines of bird study, descriptions of particular birds, and occasional reference to mammals. May 4 was selected because it was the birthday of John James Audubon the great naturalist and bird lover.


1.Wallace, Bird day book 1908-1916. 9 vols


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  1. Someone used to give out little cards with bird photos on them. Really nice. Now who?

  2. The State bird of Alabama is called the Yellowhammer, but it is the Northern Flicker, not the Yellowhammer pictured above.

    1. Thank you for the correction.

  3. This picture is not the yellowhammer found in Alabama, but one found in New Zealand.

  4. […] back I wrote an article stating May 4 was the date the State of Alabama adopted formally adopted as bird day in Alabama. However, this date may be incorrect because I ran across the following newspaper excerpt from […]

  5. I like the birds and recipe information of the area.

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