• June 2, 2016

    Workshop for Community Advocates and Grassroots Leaders on October 18-19

    We are offering full scholarships for community advocates and grassroots leaders working in low-income communities. 

    Thanks to support from Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Thomas Cade Funds, we will be offering a two-day citizen science/Celebrate Urban Birds workshop here at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

    This workshop is for community advocates and grassroots leaders who want to learn about citizen science, engaging communities in conservation through the arts, birdwatching, and greening programs at the Cornell Lab. Leaders must be working in low-income communities and should be interested in leading community programming in citizen science and birds.

    Full scholarships cover travel, lodging, meals, and cost of the  workshop. 

    Scholarship application in English: APPLY HERE

    Postulación en Español: POSTULA AQUÍ

    Applications must be received by August 15. 

    Questions? Email urbanbirds@cornell.edu

    photo © Marilu Lopez Fretts
  • April 20, 2016

    Funky Nests in Funky Places is Back!

    You find them in hanging flower baskets… an old boot… a garage shelf… or under a bridge… Birds build nests in the strangest places!

    For the Funky Nests in Funky Places challenge, we want you to take photos, do a painting or write a story showing a bird’s nest built in some out-of-the-way or out-of-this-world place.

    This year the contest will take place on our FaceBook page:

    https://www.facebook.com/CelebrateBirds/

    3 winners in 4 categories!

    Contest will run until July 1, 2016.

    A committee of Lab staff will select winners based on many different criteria. Mainly we are looking for great stories in each of the four categories: Funkiest, Cutest, Most Inconvenient, and Funniest. We are not looking for fabulous photography –but instead interesting stories of discovery.

    So get your cameras out and shoot a photo that highlights birds nests in the strangest places! We run this “challenge” as an educational component of our Celebrate Urban Birds project to encourage folks to get to know birds. We don’t do it to get fabulous photos, but we do get wonderful photos and beautiful stories in the process. We use these photos for educational purposes.

    The challenge attempts to get people outside watching the world around them. Learning from others, discovering nature, and falling in love with birds!
    All images submitted must be the work of the individual submitting them.

    When observing nests please be sure to avoid touching them or disturbing the birds.

  • April 19, 2016

    Our first Lab eNews for Latin America & The Caribbean Islands in Spanish!

    Check out our first eNews for Latin America & Caribbean Islands in Spanish by clicking here!

    In this issue: Information about Global Big Day (May 14th!), free webinars, list of 2016 mini-grant winner organizations in Latin America, links to educational resources and materials, and more.

    Stay informed by joining our Lab eNews for Latin America & The Caribbean Islands in Spanish by clicking here! Please, notice that this is a publication only in Spanish. Help us to spread the word!

  • April 1, 2015

    March 2015 eNewsletter

    Check out our latest eNewsletter.

    In this issue: Take our survey, find Funky Nests in Funky Places, take a webinar, and learn about our youth workshop in June.

    Stay informed by joining our eNewsletter (see the purple box on the bottom right of the Celebrate Urban Birds home page. Please make sure that you select the Celebrate Urban Birds check box!

  • May 29, 2014

    Join a Professional Learning Community about Environmental Education in Spanish!

    Join a Professional Learning Community about Environmental Education in Spanish!! Click here and learn about it!

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

  • May 29, 2014

    May 2014 eNewsletter

    Check out our latest eNewsletter!

    In this issue: Funky Nests challenge is back! Youth workshop a complete success! And upcoming Celebrate Urban Birds Webinar in Spanish!

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

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

    Learn more!

  • 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!