• 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!

  • June 11, 2015

    Scholarships available for August workshop

    Celebrate Urban Birds will once again offer a two-day “Birds, Careers, and Conservation Workshop” with full scholarships for qualified youth.

    Thanks to the Bobolink Foundation we will provide full scholarships for urban youth (living in North America) to attend a two-day Birds, Careers, and Conservation Workshop at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology August 10 – 11. Scholarships will cover travel, accommodations, meals, and cost of the workshop. We are looking for outstanding teens, 12 to 19 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 2014 workshop to better understand the activities offered.

    The workshop will focus on careers in the sciences, learning about conservation science, and what youth can do in their neighborhoods to make a difference. In addition, participants will learn about Cornell, learn about cutting-edge conservation science research at the Lab, explore the value of participatory science and critical thinking, and learn about paths to higher education. Staff from seven departments at the Cornell Lab will share their expertise.

    Group leaders, educators, mentors please nominate youth HERE.

    Interested youth can apply directly HERE.

    Please be aware that youth will need to travel to Cornell with an adult chaperone (funds are available for chaperones). 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
    Email urbanbirds@cornell.edu or call 607-254-2455

  • April 1, 2015

    Scholarships Available for Youth Workshop – June 2015

    Celebrate Urban Birds will once again offer a two-day “Birds, Careers, and Conservation Workshop” with full scholarships for qualified youth.

    Thanks to the Bobolink and Bratten Foundations we can provide full scholarships for urban youth (living in North America) to attend a two-day Birds, Careers, and Conservation Workshop at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology June 29 and 30. Scholarships will cover travel, accommodations, meals, and cost of the workshop. We are looking for outstanding teens, 12 to 19 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 2014 workshop to better understand the activities offered.

    The workshop will focus on careers in the sciences, learning about conservation science, and what youth can do in their neighborhoods to make a difference. In addition, participants will learn about Cornell, learn about cutting-edge conservation science research at the Lab, explore the value of participatory science and critical thinking, and learn about paths to higher education. Staff from seven departments at the Cornell Lab will share their expertise.

    Please be aware that youth will need to travel to Cornell with an adult chaperone (funds are available for chaperones). 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
    Email urbanbirds@cornell.edu or call 607-254-2455

  • 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!

  • February 11, 2014

    Scholarships Available for Youth Workshop April 2014

    Thanks to Kaytee Avian Foundation we have provided full scholarships for 16 urban youth to attend a two-day “Birds, Careers, and Conservation workshop” at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology on April 24-25. Scholarships cover travel, accommodations, meals, and cost of the workshop. We looked 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 were 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.

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