Funky Nests in Funky Places 2019

Funky Nests in Funky Places 2019 is underway!

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 challenge comes in. If you find a nest built in a quirky, even downright crazy spot, please tell us about it! 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.

You can upload your entries here:

The entry deadline is June 30.

We have a few categories in which our team judges the entries. We look for the funkiest, the cutest, the funniest, and the most inconvenient nests. 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 after school program. We are accepting entries 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.

Attention: Before going out to locate nests, please take a few minutes to learn more about how to observe nests without disturbing or harming the birds at In Spanish: 

2019 Mini-Grant Winners!

We are happy to announce the 2019 Celebrate Urban Birds Mini-Grant winners!

We received a wonderful response to our mini-grant invitation. 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 in their local communities.

It was hard to select just a few of the many fantastic celebrations proposed. We were especially impressed by those that engaged participants of all backgrounds through active and dynamic participation in both the arts and data collection.

To all our applicants, we want to thank you for your work in building conservation awareness in your neighborhood!

This year’s winners are:

  • Asociación Calidris, Colombia
  • Aves de la Laguna, Mexico
  • AveZona, Venezuela
  • Centro Educativo Básico de Bajo Cedro, Panama
  • Colegio San Adrián, Chile
  • Fundación William H. Phelps, Venezuela
  • La Mujer Obrera, Texas
  • Luz Divina, Honduras
  • Programa de Aves Urbanas (PAU) Tapachula, Mexico
  • Reverdece y Educa tu Comunidad, Puerto Rico
  • St. Charles Tutoring Lab, Louisiana
  • Wallingford Senior Center, Washington


Photo courtesy of Green Jay Mayan Birding, past mini-grant winners.

Second Annual Bird Festival Chiriqui 2018 in Panama

You are invited to attend the Second Annual Bird Festival in Chiriqui, Panama on Saturday, May 19th. Enjoy a day of bird watching, educational talks, contests, workshops, and music at Parque Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. This is a free event to the public.

To download this poster, click here.


2018 Mini-Grants Winners Announced!

We are excited to announce the 2018 Mini-Grant winners! Thank you to all the organizations that applied. It is wonderful to see the creativity of so many diverse organizations working within their communities in appreciation of their environment, culture, the arts, and conservation!

This year’s winners are:

  • Alianza para la Conservación de las Aves de Nayarit, México
  • BioEdest, Perú
  • Birdnaturalart-Avezona, Venezuela
  • Blackstone Community Center, Massachusetts
  • Boys and Girls Club of the North Country, New Hampshire
  • Centro de Agroecología Artes y Oficios; Zutut`Ha, México
  • Children’s Museum of Houston, Texas
  • Children’s Friend and Service, Rhode Island
  • Cohoes Middle School, New York
  • Detroit Parent Collective, Michigan
  • Eco Maxei Querétaro AC, México
  • Fundación William H. Phelps, Venezuela
  • Garden Time, Inc., Rhode Island
  • Grow Local South Texas, Texas
  • ISD Brownsville-Resaca Elementary School, Texas
  • Neighborhood House of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Potomac River Jazz Club, Virginia
  • Escuela Sagrado Corazón, Washington DC
  • Salvando al Loro Huasteco, México
  • Semilleros De Alas Campeche-PAU, México


Photo courtesy of Green Jay Mayan Birding, past winners of a mini-grant.

Workshop for Community and Group Leaders, September 26-27, 2017

We are offering full scholarships for group leaders and community advocates working with underserved communities in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada to come to our wonderful Group Leaders Workshop at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, New York, on September 26 and 27.

Workshop for Educators and Group Leaders (Photo © Marilu Lopez Fretts)
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.

The application deadline is overdue. If you applied on time, you will hear from us son!

Scholarship application in English: APPLY HERE

Postulación en Español: POSTULA AQUÍ

Applications must be received by July 31.

Questions? Email