Celebrate Urban Birds – October 2010 eNewsletter

Celebrate Urban Birds eNewsletter

October 2010
What a mouthful! American Robin by Janie Ferguson
Take the Bird Chow Challenge!

Birds can have funny eating habits, just like we do. Show or describe any odd, unexpected, and hilarious bird eating behaviors and enter it in the Celebrate Urban Birds “Bird Chow Challenge!” Take a walk outside — you might see pigeons trying to snag a piece of pizza in the park or a flock of Cedar Waxwings scarfing up berries from a bush. Maybe a gull will steal your sandwich! Look for a horde of grackles going nuts at a feeder, or an American Robin tagging along after a farmer plowing his field.

Be creative! Take a photo, create some artwork, shoot video, write a story or a poem, or create a sculpture. Just show or describe some avian food follies!

Challenge your kids, parents, teacher, grandparent, or afterschool counselor to participate! It’s fun and it’s a great excuse to get outside, watch nature and win great prizes (feeders, books, calendars, nest boxes, and much more).

We awarded more than 75 prizes for our last challenge! No photography, art, writing, or birding expertise needed to participate.

European Starling eating insects off a bison. Photo by Jeffrey Snedeker

Send us your entry
by November 1, 2010.

Learn more

See current photos and art

Read the stories and poems we’ve received

Apply for a Mini-Grant

Are you thinking about applying for a 2011 Celebrate Urban Birds Mini-Grant? Some of our 2010 mini-grants helped fund projects at a homeless shelter in D.C, a Boys and Girls Club in Puerto Rico, an automobile factory, a courthouse, a park, and a ministry serving low-income Latino families.

Learn more and get inspired

We’ll be accepting applications from December 1 through February 1.

This student proudly shows his certificate of appreciation from Celebrate Urban Birds. He attends Washington Ave Elementary in Pleasantville, New Jersey. Photo courtesy George Morgan, Friends of Edwin B. Forsythe NWR
A Call to Youth

You’re eligible for Celebrate Urban Birds mini-grants (see above) that can help you organize a program in your neighborhood focused on birds! If we select your project, you’ll receive funds to help you make it work.

For example, you could set up a project that creates more bird-friendly habitat in your neighborhood—something as simple as planting bird-friendly plants in pots. Then you’ll watch the birds that visit and report what you saw on the Celebrate Urban Birds website—this helps us better understand how birds are using habitat in cities. A mini-grant would help you buy the materials needed. We’d also send you posters, and other materials to help you create a project that will make a real difference!

Contact urbanbirds@cornell.edu for more information.

There are lots of outdoor activities for children at the Caribbean Endemic Birds
Festival in Cuba. Photo by Karen Purcell/Cornell Lab
Citizen Science in Cuba

Learn more about the work our Cuban colleagues are doing in environmental education. A trip to Cuba last spring to exchange techniques and ideas has led to continued collaboration and dialogue. We’ve also created two web videos (one in Spanish and one in English) describing Cuban programs such as the Caribbean Endemic Birds Festival and citizen science projects. You’ll be inspired!

* English video

* Spanish video

* Information about the “Cotorras en Cautiverio” project (Spanish)

* Information about the Caribbean Endemic Birds Festival (Spanish)

Thanks for celebrating urban birds!

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a membership institution dedicated to interpreting and conserving the earth’s biological diversity through research, education, and citizen science focused on birds. Visit the Cornell Lab’s web site at http://www.birds.cornell.edu.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Rd, Ithaca NY 14850
Questions or Comments?

Call us toll-free at (800) 843-BIRD (2473)

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One Response to Celebrate Urban Birds – October 2010 eNewsletter

  1. Thanks for passing this along. Love your blog, EMC, we’re still accepting entries for Bird Chow Challenge till November 1. Celebrate Urban Birds


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