• February 13, 2014

    February eNewsletter 2014

    Check out our latest eNewsletter.

    In this issue: Scholarships available for youth workshop April 10-11, mini-grant winners announced, and Fascinating Feathers recognized entries!

    Stay informed by joining our eNewsletter. Please make sure that you select the Celebrate Urban Birds check box!

  • February 11, 2014

    Signs of Spring!

    Spring is almost here!

    Celebrate spring by entering the latest Celebrate Urban Birds Challenge: Signs of Spring!. Take a walk outside and notice signs of spring: a robin with a beak full of worms or nesting material, a goldfinch becoming bright yellow again, birds returning from their winter migration, courting behavior, a spring song, a new nest, young birds learning to fly, and more.

    The challenge begins February 15 and ends March 31.

    Share your observations with us. Be creative! Take a photo, create a dance, do some artwork, shoot video, write a story or a poem, or create a sculpture. Just show or describe signs of spring. Youth of all ages are encouraged to participate!

    Prizes include Pennington Bird feeders, Opticron binoculars, sound CDs, posters, books, bird-guides, and more.

    Learn more!

  • February 11, 2014

    Scholarships Available for Youth Workshop April 2014

    Thanks to Kaytee Avian Foundation we can provide full scholarships for urban youth to attend a two-day “Birds, Careers, and Conservation workshop” at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology on April 24-25. Scholarships will cover travel, accommodations, meals, and cost of the workshop. We are looking for outstanding teens, 12-18 years old, who are interested in learning more about careers in science and conservation and who would like to have an impact in their community. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of financial need AND academic potential.

    Please see a description of our October 2013 workshop to better understand the activities offered.

    Participants will learn about:
    * careers in the sciences
    * conservation science
    * what youth can do in their neighborhoods to make a difference
    * Cornell University
    * cutting-edge conservation science research at the Lab
    * the value of participatory science and critical thinking
    * paths to higher education
    * the role of the arts in conservation

    Staff from seven departments at the Cornell Lab will share their expertise and time.

    To NOMINATE one or more youth for the workshop please fill out the application here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6VLQY5B
    Once we receive nominations we will contact you to schedule a phone conversation.

    To APPLY for a scholarship (youth) please fill out the application here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6DZD9L5
    Once we receive the application we will contact you to schedule a phone interview.

    Please be aware that youth will need to travel to Cornell with an adult chaperone. (Funds for attendance are available upon request.) If you nominate a youth or are a student applicant, you must include the name of the chaperone that will accompany the student(s) to the workshop.

    Questions? Please visit our workshop FAQs
    Or email urbanbirds@cornell.edu or call 607 254-2455

  • November 13, 2013

    November 2013 eNewsletter

    Check out our latest eNewsletter.

    In this issue: Mini-grants offered, the new Adopt-A-School program, a Careers and Conservation Workshop at the Cornell Lab, and more.

    Stay informed by joining our eNewsletter. Please make sure that you select the Celebrate Urban Birds check box!

  • October 28, 2013

    Adopt-A-School Program — Get Free Materials

    Get your free Celebrate Birds Kit!
    We are teaming up with Walmart and Pennington® Wild Bird Food brand to distribute free Celebrate Birds kits to 2,500 teachers across the country through their brand new Adopt-A-School program. This kit provides a classroom with a bird feeder to put on their classroom window, as well as bird seed, kids’ binoculars, fun classroom activities, and the chance to win a mini-grant that will help the schools hold a Celebrate Birds event! Nominate your school via this simple form!

  • October 15, 2013

    Our 2014 Mini-grant Application Is Open!

    Visit our mini-grant pages to learn more about applying: Click Here!

  • September 20, 2013

    Careers, Conservation, and Nature Youth Workshop Update

    We have stopped accepting nominations and applications for spots in and scholarships to attend the upcoming workshop. Thanks to everyone who participated in the application process! You’ll be hearing back from us soon and if you have any questions please visit our Careers, Conservation, and Nature Workshop FAQ, email urbanbirds@cornell.edu, or call 607 254-2455.

  • July 22, 2013

    July 2013 eNewsletter

    Check out our latest eNewsletter.

    In this issue: Funky Nests in Funky Places, mini-grant highlights, and Celebrate Urban Birds offers full scholarships for upcoming workshop at Cornell Lab.

    Stay informed by joining our eNewsletter. Please make sure that you select the Celebrate Urban Birds check box!

  • May 9, 2013

    Funky Nests in Funky Places 2013

    The challenge you’ve known and loved since it began in 2009 is back!

    Birds nest in the craziest places–from tiny ledges on skyscrapers to the grill in your neighbor’s yard. Whether you find a robin’s nest on a statue or a hummingbird’s nest on wind chimes, your picture, video, poem or artwork of a bird nest in a funky place can win big in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Funky Nests in Funky Places contest. With nesting season underway, this contest is challenging everyone to get outside and observe nature even in the most unexpected places.

    Entries are starting to come in: nests in freezers, helmets, bike seats, mailboxes, fuel trucks, coffee cans, duct tape, on water skis, and more!

    Entries may be photos, videos, artwork, poems, or stories. You don’t have to be a bird expert or an expert photographer. It’s a wonderful excuse to get outside!

    All ages are welcome to participate as individuals or with a class, community center, or afterschool program. We are accepting entries from anywhere in the world.

    A huge thanks to Fujifilm Digital Cameras and Optical Devices, Celestron, and Pennington. We have fantastic prizes: binoculars, cameras, bird feeders, an iPad, and more.

    Entry deadline is June 15

    Find more information about how to locate nests, approach nests without disturbing the birds, and enter the contest at www.funkynests.org. In Spanish: www.nidoschiflados.org

  • February 13, 2013

    February 2013 Enewsletter

    Check out our latest eNewsletter.

    In this issue: Mini-grants announced, the Great Backyard Bird Count, No Bird Left Behind challenge recognized entries, and we want your events!

    Stay informed by joining our eNewsletter. Please make sure that you select the Celebrate Urban Birds check box!