Fun Ways Seniors Can Celebrate National Audubon Day

Senior Care in Okemos MI

Senior Care in Okemos MINational Audubon Day is celebrated every year on April 26th, the birthday of John James Audubon. John James Audubon, born in 1785, is known for his studies and illustrations of American birds and his famous color-plate book entitled The Birds of America. In fact, John James Audubon identified 25 new species of birds. In his honor, The National Audubon Society was incorporated in 1905 and made the conservation of birds its primary mission.

There are many fun, educational, and enjoyable ways seniors and their caregivers can celebrate National Audubon Day and honor the work of John James Audubon. Here are just a few ideas:

Visit the Library

Seniors and caregivers can visit the library on National Audubon Day and check out The Birds of America and or John James Audubon’s autobiography, The Life of John James Audubon. The Birds of America is filled with stunning illustrations of American birds in their natural habitat. Even though it was first published in 1827, it is still a beloved work that will delight readers of all ages today.

Go Birdwatching

One of the best ways to honor John James Audubon is to go out and appreciate the birds that live in your region. If there is a state park or nature center nearby, why not go with your senior loved one on a nature walk? You can see how many different birds you can identify by seeing them and by hearing their calls. This is an activity that is both mentally stimulating and a great form of physical exercise, as well. Don’t forget your binoculars and bird guide.

Welcome Birds to Your Yard

Birdwatching can also be done from the comfort of your loved one’s own home as long as birds are enticed to visit. Try setting up some bird feeders, bird houses, and/or bird baths in your loved one’s yard, preferably near a window so you loved one can look out and enjoy the birds all year long.

Try Some Bird Art

John James Audubon created many illustrations of American birds in their natural habitat. If you and your loved one have a creative side, try drawing or painting some of your favorite birds that you see in your neighborhood. Take your favorite creations and frame them so that you can enjoy them all year long!


If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Okemos, MI, please contact the caring staff at Seniors Helping Seniors of Lansing. Call today: 517-332-9953.