Curlew Day - March 16
Thu, Mar 16, 2023

Curlew Day

Curlew Day is an annual American holiday dedicated to the Curlew. It was created to raise public awareness of this bird species, as well as to strengthen conservation efforts. It is celebrated on March 16.


It would not be possible to call the Curlews faceless and unmemorable birds. This species is characterized by long thin paws with curved claws and a narrow thin beak, which is also slightly curved at the end. This body structure helps them find food in the swampy terrain. Thanks to the beak, they can burrow into the muddy bottom and get food from there. The birds feed on small frogs, worms, insects, and larvae.

Today, the Curlew Sandpiper is on the verge of extinction. The reason for this is the active human activity of draining the marshlands to organize there sites for crops, construction of industries, and so on. Destruction of the natural habitat of these birds leads to a decrease in their population. The Curlew Day celebration continues an initiative by Mary Colwell, who decided to remedy the plight of the birds and in 2017 announced the creation of a worldwide holiday dedicated to the issue of declining populations.

Interesting facts

  • One species of Codpiece is considered extinct – the Eskimo Codpiece. It inhabited the northern parts of Canada and Alaska. The last reliable references to individuals of this species date back to the 1960s.
  • Over the past 15 years, the number of these birds has dropped by almost 30%.
  • The English name of the bird corresponds to the sounds the bird makes.

How to celebrate

Explore more information about Crownfinches. At Curlew Day, find out what measures are being taken to preserve these bird populations. Support conservation organizations whose efforts are aimed at protecting the Crowned Crow from extinction.

Spread the word on social media. Discuss with other users effective ways to protect Crowned Crows from extinction.

When is Curlew Day celebrated in 2023?

Curlew Day is observed on March 16 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Thursday March 16 2023
Saturday March 16 2024
Sunday March 16 2025

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