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Draw A Bird Day

By Rebecca Dickinson

What is Draw A Bird Day?

Today is Draw a Bird Day, and it is exactly what it says on the tin.

The day came about due to a 7-year-old girl called Dorie Cooper. When her uncle was in hospital after being injured during the Second World War, to cheer him up she asked him to draw a bird. He did so, and when Dorie saw it she said he wasn’t a good artist but would hang it up on her wall anyway. Her uncle was proud of her honesty and acceptance, and the other wounded soldiers on the ward had also had their day brightened by this simple gesture. Thereafter, every time Dorie went to the ward, the walls would be filled with bird drawings.

Unfortunately, 3 years later, Dorie died. At her funeral, her coffin was filled with bird drawings by the soldiers, nurses and people who were in the hospital. On her birthday, 8th April, the people who remembered her all drew a bird.

This became well known, and is now widely celebrated by so many people across the world, to express joy in the simplest things in life.

How can you get involved?

Simply draw a bird. It can be any bird from hummingbird to ostrich - It doesn’t have to be professional or realistic, you can do a cartoon and it can be draw out of pencil, crayon or anything else you can get your hands on.

Share it. Whether it’s with your family, friends or on social media. Spread the word about this day and spread the joy and tag #DABDay

Here are a few of ours

Our Artists

Rebecca Dickinson

FdSc Management of Animal Collections with Conservation

Student Ranger Blogger

Rebecca Hewick – who had a lot of fun with this day.

BSc Animal Management and Science

Enrichment Ranger and Student Ranger Blogger

Chelsea Coney

FdSc Management of Animal Collections with Conservation


Ari Miller

FdSc Management of Animal Collections with Conservation

Recruiting ranger

Stephanie Marshall

FdSc Management of Animal Collections with Conservations