Send in your funny, funky nests for this quirky contest.
What prompts birds to build nests where they do? Some of their real estate choices are real head-scratchers. That’s where the Funky Nests in Funky Places contest comes in. If you find a nest built in a quirky, even downright crazy spot, please share! The contest is hosted by the Celebrate Urban Birds citizen-science project at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Entries can be photos, poems, stories, or artwork. Past participants have found nests strategically placed on statues, in barbecue grills, traffic lights, wind chimes, golf shoes, and–pretty much anywhere.
Submit your entries here: https://celebrateurbanbirds.org/community/challenges/funky-nests-2019/
The entry deadline is June 30.
We have a few categories in which we judge the entries. We look for the funkiest, the cutest, the funniest, and the most inconvenient. Kind-hearted people have given up golfing, riding a bike, or driving a tractor for a while as they wait for baby birds to fledge from an ‘inconvenient’ nest!
Participants don’t have to be bird or photography experts. All ages are welcome to participate as individuals or with a class, community center, or afterschool program. Entries are being accepted from anywhere in the world. You don’t have to be a participant in the citizen-science project either–just sign in as a guest.
One grand prize winner will receive a pair of Celestron binoculars.
Other prizes in each category include window view bird feeders, folding pocket bird guides, Bird Academy online courses, Cornell Lab of Ornithology stickers, Project FeederWatch posters, and much more.
Find more information about how to locate nests, approach them without disturbing the birds, and enter the contest at www.funkynests.org. In Spanish: www.nidoschiflados.org.