Many people celebrate spring in many ways. Spring brings with it a unique, but not so common, pastime: bird watching.
However, some birdwatchers are very selective and don’t care about all birds. These bird watchers love watching the buzzards return from the long journey south to winter. Buzzards Day is a day to celebrate the long return of these birds each spring to their nesting areas.
The Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 protects Buzzards. They can be found all over North America, Scandinavia and the Mediterranean. Because removing birds like buzzards from an ecosystem can have negative effects on the ecosystem, and even impact human health, vultures such as buzzards are protected.
The majority of the buzzards associated with this day live in border areas in Canada and the United States during the warm months. They then migrate in the colder months to warmer climates, such as South America or the Caribbean, in the cooler months.
Buzzards Day, which is celebrated every spring to mark the return of turkey vultures, is also a migratory bird. Ohio is the only state that celebrates this holiday. Hinckley in northeast Ohio is one of the places that has a history with these often overlooked scavengers.
Walter Nawalaniec was a Cleveland Metroparks patrolman in 1957. He told Robert Bordner, the Cleveland Press reporter, and Miss Eunice Morton, Richfield’s local historian, that he had been keeping track of the birds’ appearances on the exact same day in March each year for six years. He knew the buzzards return at the same time every year, but he found it very interesting that they returned on the exact same day of the calendar-even during Leap Year.
Over 9,000 people visited the area to witness the buzzards flying into the area in the spring of 2001, as the news spread. These birds are believed to have arrived in Ohio over the last 150 years. It is home to many buzzard species, including those that love the open fields and rocky ridges. This makes it a great place to raise them.
Buzzards Day enthusiasts enjoy hot sausages and pancakes as a way of celebrating the arrival of spring. This tradition was established by the Chamber of Commerce.
Although the March 15 return by the buzzards now coincides with the breakfast meal, it was originally scheduled for the Sunday following this date in 1957. Due to the popularity of tourists, the Chamber of Commerce breakfast meal is now on Buzzards Day. It’s possible to order a sausage and pancake breakfast both on March 15th and Sunday the following.
This is a unique day. However, it is easy to share with friends. Buzzards Day could be a unique enough holiday to make it an annual tradition for some of the most surprising groups of people.
These are some ways you can celebrate Buzzards Day.
Enjoy a delicious breakfast of sausage and pancakes to celebrate Buzzard’s Day. You can either stay at home and make a delicious pancake breakfast, or you can go to a local restaurant that offers a traditional American sausage and pancake breakfast.
Participants can also take a mid-March roadtrip to the Hinckley festival in order to watch the buzzards return north after their long journey. On Buzzard Day, head to the Hinckley Reservation near Hinckley Lake. The buzzard theme is also featured in other festivities, such as a bird hike, skits, plays, crafts and songs, and even contests.
If you are interested in learning more about Buzzards, take some time to find out interesting facts and share them with friends.
These are some facts and figures about Buzzards that you can get started: