Happy National Bird Day! 5 bird-friendly ways to celebrate

January 5, 2016, 11:37 a.m.

1. Get started in bird watching: If you're just waking up to your appreciation of birds, we have tips on how to spread your wings in bird watching, which includes tips on bird-watching apps and a video how to keep notes about your sightings.

2. Whip out the camera: We have tips on how to take professional level bird photos from your own back yard,

3. Ring the dinner bell: If you'd like to bird-watch from your backyard, today is the day to hang a new feeder. You can also make plans on how to get your garden going in the spring to attract the most birds with native plants in your garden.

4. Fine-tune your ear: Learn how to identify birds by their song, starting today. There are some easy tricks for remembering individual species' songs. And you can also use an app, though be careful in where and how you use it so you don't disturb the wild residents.

5. Visit a local bird sanctuary or wildlife refuge: There are likely many nearby places you can go to get your fill of watching wild birds. Or you can visit a local bird rescue organization and show your support. If you want to fly off to somewhere new, check out our list of great bird-watching destinations!

Would you like your photo to be featured as Photo of the Day? Join our Flickr group and add your photos to the pool!

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Jaymi Heimbuch is a writer and photographer at Mother Nature Network. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.