We received a visitor from Nauru yesterday. No, I didn't know where it was, either. Nauru is a tiny Pacific island known for its phosphate mining. There is one endemic passerine, which is supposedly the only passerine on the island. So, in honor of our lone visitor from Nauru, we are hereby declaring January 31, 2006 to be "Nauru Appreciation Day."
Did you know that: Nauru is the world's smallest independent republic?
Did you know that: the Australian dollar is the official currency of Nauru?
Did you know that: Nauru joined the U.N. in 1999?
Did you know that: Nauru's national airline, Air Nauru, had its last plane impounded in December 2005?
Did you know that: Nauru has two tourist facilities--a hostel and a luxurious hotel?
Did you know that: The Australian government, in a controversial decision, once paid Nauru "aid money" to accept almost 1,000 Afghan asylum seekers?
Did you know that: Nauru once tried to become an offshore banking and financial center?
Did you know that: Nauru is the only country in the world without a capital city?
Did you know that: Nauru used to be called "Pleasant Island"?
Did you know that Nauru has severed its diplomatic ties with China, and established ties with Taiwan? Nauru is always trying to cause trouble! As they say in Nauru: "God's Will First!"
We can all sing Nauru's National Anthem, to this tune:
Nauru our homeland, the land we dearly love,
We all pray for you and we also praise your name.
Since long ago you have been the home of our great forefathers
And will be for generations yet to come.
We all join in together to honour your flag,
And we shall rejoice together and say;
Nauru for evermore!
And finally, here is the BirdLife International entry on Nauru: