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
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!
February 5, 2013
GBBC Coming Soon: Share Resources in Spanish!
Celebrate Urban Birds has been working hard to get folks involved in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count this year! It is a fun, free, family-friendly way to discover and help birds! Please help us bring the GBBC/Contando Aves en Comunidad to people who have never had the opportunity to participate in programs like this before. You can share the GBBC Spanish version of the website (instructions to participate, how to enter data and frequently asked questions at “Contando Aves en Comunidad”(www.contandoaves.org).
You can also download a Spanish press release in PDF to share with your Spanish speaking friends here:
January 29, 2013
2013 Mini-Grants Announced!
We received a wonderful response to our 2013 mini-grant invitation. Thank you! It’s really exciting to see such creativity and so many varied organizations across all geographical areas thinking about urban birds, conservation, and the arts.
Our 2013 winners are:
1. Teen Outreach Program – PPGNW, Shelton WA
2. George Junior Republic UFSD, Freeville NY
3. Branch Brook School, Newark NJ
4. Friends of Haffen Park, Bronx NY
5. La Joven Guardia del Teatro Latino/ La LIGA, Syracuse NY
6. Sunshine Arts, Upper Darby PA
7. Groundwork Lawrence, Lawrence MA
8. Camp Winnebago, Caledonia MN
9. Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica/Peace Corps Mexico, Puebla MX
10. Leaders for the World, Inc, San Juan PR
11. Asociación Pro-Juventud y Comunidad Bo. Palmas, Inc., Cataño PR
12. The Shack Neighborhood House, Pursglove, WV
13. Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind/Birding by ear, Dearborn MI
To learn more about our mini-grant program click here: http://celebrateurbanbirds.org/community/minigrants/
October 31, 2012
No Bird Left Behind Deadline Extended until Dec 15th
There is still time to send us your entry for our latest Challenge! Kaytee has donated wonderful bird feeders and prizes for all recognized entries!
Join our latest challenge by sending us your photos, videos, poems, artwork and more showing how people create habitat for birds.
October 1, 2012
New Brochure connects people with nature
The arts are a powerful way to connect with nature. Mexican artist and biologist Evaristo Hernández-Fernández spent a lot of time drawing as a kid. His father encouraged him to draw what he noticed in nature. As he grew, Evaristo discovered that to draw birds he needed to know them in detail. He began studying birds, and before he knew it, he became a scientist. He is now a biologist who shares his art to connect people with nature and to promote conservation efforts across the world.
Evaristo helped us create a wonderful pamphlet highlighting how he became a scientist through the arts. The pamphlet also highlights 5 focal species of birds — so that you can start sending us your observations!
Please download the pamphlet to learn specific things you can do to participate in the Celebrate Urban Birds citizen science activity and other fun things you can do to get to know and help birds in your neighborhood.
Download Arts and Nature brochure and posterDownload
To request the pamphlet please email us: email@example.com