List of Resources in Spanish!

Free Downloads of Resources in Spanish

Have you ever wondered where you could find educational material about birds and citizen science in Spanish?  Do you need materials that people of all ages and areas can easily understand? We have compiled a list of links to free resources with descriptions of what each link offers. We hope that this might be useful for you and your participants.

1.) Celebrate Urban Birds

Celebrate Urban Birds is citizen science project founded in 2007. You can participate at any time of the year and do not need to know about birds. The goal of this project is to integrate people of all ages and regions in bird citizen science and to create awareness about birds, habitat and conservation.

a.) For the United States and Canada:

i.) A bird guide showing 16 focal bird species with beautiful illustrations. They also include magnificent illustrations of Hummingbirds in North America. To view the guide, click here!

ii.) A sheet describing the project. There is also a form you can use to enter your bird observations and a poster of the silhouettes of the 16 focal bird species. Click here!

iii.) A list of the 16 species with detailed pictures and space to note the number of times the bird was seen. Available in Spanish and Engish. Click here!

b.) For Mexico:

i. A bird guide with 16 focal bird species that includes beautiful pictures of the birds, distribution maps, and interesting facts about their behavior and habitat. Click here!

ii. A description of learning to recognize the species and a sheet to collect observations with detailed pictures of the birds. There is also have a poster showing the silhouettes of the 16 focal species! Click here

c.) For the Region of the Amazonian-Peru
(Photo © CUBS)

Download the materials used in the Celebrate Urban Birds Environmental Educational Curriculum for the Amazonian- Peru (Currículo de Educación Ambiental en la Amazonia Peruana)! The kit includes tips on how to observe the 16 focal species in the Amazons of Peru as well as a table to jot down your bird observations. There is also a helpful poster that contain silhouettes of the 16 focal species and tips on where to observe them. The Environmental Educational Curriculum for the Amazonian- Peru contains interesting activities you can use if you’re from the region. If you are not located in the Amazons of Peru the curriculum is adaptable to different regions and educational interests.  It also has information and activities about nesting as well as an entire section about citizen science so that you and your participants can begin your own project!

i. To download the bird observation table with tips on how to observe the 16 focal species, and the bird silhouettes poster, click here!

ii. To download the 16 focal species guide with information about the focal species of this project, map distributions, and cool facts about their behavior and ecology, click here!

(Photo © CUBS)
iii.  Amazonia Peruana Curriculum: This activity guide is for informal or formal educators who are passionate in motivating, teaching and inspiring their students to get involved in environmental conservation. The activity guide is designed with simple lesson plans that contain fun activities about the focal bird species in the Amazons of Peru. Through the monthly lesson plans, we hope students become interested in conserving their local birds and participating in citizen science through bird observation. This curriculum pairs well with the Peru kit. To download this guide click here!

To know more about the nests of the 16 focal species click here!

2) Bird Sleuth International Educational Curriculums and Supporting Materials for Educators 

a.) “Aves de Mi Mundo” (Birds in my World) Curriculum

BirdSleuth International is an environmental education curriculum to expand the information children receive about science and the environment. This is accomplished through learning about local birds. The curriculum includes 10 lessons with fun and educational activities for children. Both the curriculum and supporting materials can be downloaded. The summary of the curriculum “Aves de Mi Mundo” (Birds in my World) does not need any additional materials and is also available to download. To download any of the materials you first need to complete a quick form. Click here to go to the form which will redirect you to the materials once you finish.

4.) Manuals

Guide to Birds in Mexico City and its Surroundings

If you find yourself in Mexico City or its surroundings and need an easy-to-carry guide of the most common birds in Mexico City, this is the guide for you! It is very easy to use, has beautiful images, essential information, and interesting facts about Mexican birds. This guide was sponsored by CONABIO (Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad or The National Commision for the Awareness and use of Biodiversity). You can download the free guide by clicking here.

How to use eBird in Chile Guide
(Photo © ROC)

Download this practical guide on how to use eBird in Chile created by the leaders of the Red Observadores de Aves de Chile (ROC). You will find detailed explanations of eBird, how to use, how to enter your bird observations, and so much more! Although this guide was written users of eBird Chile it is useful for any person who wishes to learn more about eBird. Just make sure to enter the portal that corresponds to your geographic location. Download the eBird in Chile guide here!

Bird in Mexico: List of Bird Species and their Common Names 2015

Explore the most recent list of Mexican bird species and their common names. You can download the full publication here.

Free Book Download: Hummingbirds in Mexico and North America 
(Photo © Colíbres de México y Norteamérica)

Download this amazing bilingual book about Hummingbirds in Mexico and North America written by María del Coro Arizmendí and Humberto Berlanga. This book is excellent for people who want to learn more about hummingbirds. The book discusses hummingbird anatomy, diet, reproduction, migration, ecological relevance, and so much more! This book was sponsored by CONABIO (Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad or National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity) and the UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México or National Autonomous University of Mexico) in Mexico. Download this complete book for free by clicking here! It can be slow to fully appear online, so please be patient!

Sign up for the virtual panel discussing Visual Arts, Birds, and Conservation!

We invite you to sign up for our virtual panel discussing Visual Arts, Birds, and Conservation!

This virtual panel will have talented artists and passionate youth who are dedicated to conservation and improving the quality of life in their communities. They will share their experiences and perspectives on Thursday, June 28 at 7 pm United States Eastern time. We hope that the presentations will inspire and give helpful ideas on how to integrate visual arts and local artists in your conservation activities and communities.

The mural was designed by Victor I. Puga Narvaez and his group for the Bird Festival in Cancun, 2016 (Photo © Courtesy of Green Jay Mayan Birding Club)

These four panelists are:

Victor I. Puga Narvaez (upper left hand corner) is part of colectivo itinerante Inlakech. He is an amazing Mexican multidisciplinary artist known for his participatory artwork and his outreach in many different cities of Mexico. He also founded the Asociación de Artistas Plásticos de Cancún (The Association of Visual Arts in Cancun) and continues to create murals with his “Brocha Grande” (Big Brush) project. His murals highlight the different cultures, natural environments, and birds of Mexico.

Designed by Annamaria Savarino Drago for the Bird Festival in Cancun, 2016 (Photo © Courtesy of Green Jay Mayan Birding Club)

Annamaria Savarino Drago (upper right-hand corner) studies biology in Mexico. Her artistic work focuses on caricatures and bird illustrations that shine a light on the importance of bird conservation. In her spare time, she is also a muralist in different communities in Mexico

Designed by Josmar Esteban Marquéz to promote conservation in his projects (Photo © Courtesy from Josmar Esteban Marquéz)


Josmar Esteban Marquéz (bottom left hand corner) is a naturalist, bird watcher, and a bird illustrator. He has participated in many educational campaigns and workshops for the conservation of birds in Venezuela. His artistic focus is in promoting the conservation of birds through bird identification guides and murals.

Nayeli Gómez Zamorano (bottom right hand corner) has many projects with the Mexican organization, Ecopil Arte Crea Conciencia. Her picture is in the bottom right-hand corner. She loves projects that have to do with virtual art, technology, and social media!

To sign up for the virtual panel click here!

Spotlight: Dr. Neeti Bathala

(Photo © Courtesy of Neeti Bathala)
“Since all environments intersect, I can encourage ecosystems right in my backyard.”

Dr. Neeti Bathala is a professor at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. An ecologist by training, she has studied many aspects of the environment, including deforestation, biodiversity, and oceanography. We are especially grateful to her for integrating Citizen Science projects like Celebrate Urban Birds into her curriculum.

On a personal level, Dr. Bathala works to improve the environment around her every day. At home, she has planted gardens with native species that increase the potential for wildlife to flourish. “Birds are an integral part of the ecosystem,” she says, “and must be considered as we seek to protect the environment.” She is also involved in local organizations such as the Haddonfield Garden Club in South Jersey, Clean Air Council in Philadelphia, and other coastal preservation projects, all of which aim to make the general public more aware of science and conservation efforts.

For over a decade, Dr. Bathala has incorporated data collection for Celebrate Urban Birds into the coursework. In fact, graduated students fondly remember the project. Among Dr. Bathala’s memories of students participating in Citizen Science is running into a graduate who “always looks for the focal bird species as he remembers learning about them from the Celebrate Urban Birds project.” This aspect of the course remains popular; Dr. Bathala recounts that recently, a student told her “that he was upset that we had not done the Urban Bird Watch and he was anxious to get started. We were only in our second week of the semester!” Dr. Bathala maintains that it is especially important to make field-work accessible to all, so students of any academic background can participate.

“The focal species are ones that are familiar in the Philadelphia region. The students enjoy this opportunity immensely and look forward to getting outside and participating in actual data collection.”

Although Dr. Bathala has always found the natural world interesting, she was inspired by her high school biology teacher to look beyond the confines of the classroom or laboratory. “Getting out in nature” made science meaningful. Even as a child, she wanted to protect plants and animals, so when working on her graduate degrees, Dr. Bathala felt lucky to participate in a great deal of field-work. “The magic of bioluminescence and the ocean at night compelled me to continue to study ecosystems and to seek out field-based research opportunities,” she recalls of her time spent identifying marine species by night.

“I ended up wanting to become an academic so that I, too, could share the passion that I felt towards the environment with others.”

(Photo © Courtesy of Neeti Bathala)
This experience also moved her to write Moonlight Crab Count, a picture book that introduces readers to Citizen Science. The story of a young girl counting horseshoe crabs is meant to convey the message that participation in data acquisition is enjoyable and enchanting. Leena, the main character, assists her mother in collecting data and learns “about the horseshoe crab and its vital role in the medical field.” Young readers in particular are empowered by the message that “their contributions are important now, as well as into the future.” Getting youth involved is paramount to Dr. Bathala’s mission to present STEM-based fields to the general population.

“These projects allow members of the public to engage in the process of scientific investigation: asking questions, collecting data, and/or interpreting results. Citizen Science is important in allowing everyone to understand that their contributions are meaningful.”

Dr. Bathala continues to be motivated by the enthusiasm of her students, especially when they recognize their ability to make positive changes in the natural world through conservation. In fact, she will now also teach a new course specifically about Citizen Science. Students will spend the semester participating in multiple projects, including several from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

We’re inspired by Dr. Bathala’s mission to bring Citizen Science to her students and community.

Funky Nests in Funky Places 2018!

Get ready for the challenge you’ve known and loved since it began in 2009! Funky Nests in Funky Places started!

(Photo © Marina Dimitrov)
Birds nest in the craziest places–from tiny ledges on skyscrapers to the barbecue 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 about a bird nest in a funky place can win big in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Funky Nests in Funky Places challenge. With nesting season underway, this contest is challenging everyone to get outside and observe nature even in the most unexpected places.

Entry deadline is June 30.

You don’t have to be a bird expert or an expert photographer. It’s a wonderful excuse to get outside!

Attention: Before participating take a few minutes to learn a little about how to observe nests without harming the birds, where to find nests, and common myths about nesting birds.

Important Guidelines to Observing Nests
How to Help Nesting Birds
Types of Nests and How to Find Them
Fun Facts about Nests
Myths and Frequently Asked Questions about Nests

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

We have fantastic prizes: Celestron binoculars, bird feeders, bird guides, posters, Bird Academy online courses, and more.

Find more information the contest at In Spanish:

(Photo © Amy Plankenhorn)

Scholarships Available for August 2018 Youth Workshop

We are offering full scholarships for youth and chaperones living in low-income communities to attend a two-day Birds, Careers, and Conservation Workshop at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology August 7-8. Scholarships will cover travel, accommodations, meals, and cost of the workshop.

We are looking for outstanding youth, 15-21 years old, who are interested in learning more about careers in science and conservation and who would like to make an impact in their community. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of financial need and academic potential.

The workshop will focus on careers in the sciences, community stewardship, and cutting-edge conservation science research at the Lab. In addition, participants will learn about Cornell, explore the value of participatory science and critical thinking, arts and conservation, and paths to higher education. Staff from seven departments at the Cornell Lab will share their expertise and time.

If you are 15-21 years old and interested in issues dealing with birds, citizen science, conservation, the arts, giving back to your community, or if you want to meet other youth with the same passions, then apply to the Birds, Careers, and Conservation Youth Workshop!

At the workshop, you will meet outstanding professionals and researchers from the Lab of Ornithology. You will participate in diverse activities including bird banding, recording sounds in the local woods, creating bird and conservation-themed art, learning about citizen science, and more!

All youth participants must attend with a chaperone!

If you would like to apply to the workshop click here.

If you know any youth who might benefit from this opportunity, please click here to nominate them!

We encourage applications from underserved communities.

“I loved the program, not just because of the great variety of information that I learned, but also because it was really fun. I had a great time and I met new people. My favorite part was everything, but especially when we listened to the sounds of nature.” – Past Participant

Read about previous workshops:

Birds, Careers and Conservation Workshop August 2016

Birds, Careers and Conservation Youth Workshop April 2016

Birds, Careers and Conservation Youth Workshop August 2015

Birds, Careers and Conservation Youth Workshop June 2015


Article by Juan Ramirez Correa and Debbie Nero