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Arbor and Bird Day: a Proclamation. (8 May 1914.)

One of my dearest memory pictures is father sitting in the cooling shade of a beautiful pine that he and I planted long years ago. The sweet plaintive music of this tree comes back to me in moments of solitude. Trees are the real friends of man, beast and bird. In recent years we have come to realize this. It is hoped that Americans will acquire enthusiasm in preserving useful and beautiful trees in both city and country, that they will plant every year useful and beautiful trees by the roadside, in school yards, about their homes, in parks and farm fields.

Let us cherish a loyalty and love for our feathered songsters, yes, a tender regard for the birds who can't sing, birds that destroy in the aggregate millions of destructive insects. The economic and aesthetic value of bird life is beyond calculations. The hearts of boys and girls and "grown ups" become more human, more helpful as they come to read aright the Creator's message in the lives of trees and birds.

Therefore, I, Woodbridge N. Ferris, Governor of the State of Michigan, do hereby designate Friday, May 8th, A.D. 1914, as Arbor and Bird Day, and do request that this day be observed by all schools, public and private, and other educational institutions by the planting of trees for beautifying school grounds and parks, and by conducting suitable exercises for promoting the spirit of protection to trees and birds.

Source: Arbor and Bird Day Proclamation. Addresses and Writings, Box 6. Woodbridge N. Ferris Papers. University Archives. Ferris State University.