We have a new kit!

We are excited to introduce our new kit to participate in the Celebrate Urban Birds project! The bilingual kit, features a more compact design, making it easy to collect your three-day observations and all in color!

Artist Liz Clayton-Fuller did the beautiful illustrations or our focal species that you will enjoy in the new kit. It comes with a birds silhouette poster, a bird guide and sunflower seeds (for kits in the Continental USA) and the Zero Means A Lot sticker!

We hope you enjoy it and go out to celebrate urban birds!

2017 Mini-grants Awarded!

We are thrilled to announce the organizations that will receive the 2017 Celebrate Urban Birds mini-grants!

Celebrate Urban Birds mini-grants are awarded once a year to organizations to help fund creative neighborhood events focused on birds and community participation in citizen science. All mini-grant applicants are offered free materials and training to support their events (even if their proposals are not funded). In the last 10 years, CUBs has partnered with over 10,000 community-based organizations, distributed more than 250,000 educational kits, and hundreds of mini-grants have been awarded since the launch of the program in 2007.  

(Photo © Let's Go Outdoors)

This year, twenty-three organizations will receive a mini-grant to help them fund their creative neighborhood events and activities. The proposals reviewed were diverse in geography, and creative. They integrated the arts, greening, birds, and community involvement. Our winners are from 12 different cities and towns in the United States, and from 4 other countries! We are excited to support their projects in their communities (and hope you are too):

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana (BBBS) -IN
Buena Vista Florece Inc. – PR
Children’s Friend and Service -RI
East Carolina University- NC
Elkhorn Valley Museum -NB
Fundación REDES – Bolivia
Genesee County Agricultural Society -MI
Ithaca City School District -Beverly J. Martin Elementary School -NY
Ithaca City School District, Enfield Elementary School, Pre-K classroom -NY
Kuxtal Yaxkaba, Gestores Ambientales y Sociales S.C. – México
La Casita Cultural Center – NY
Ojo de Lumbre – San Luis de Potosí, México
P.A.N.A.S (Proyecto Ambiental de Nuestros Amigos de la Superior – PR
P.S. 228Q – NY

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy – PA

Red de Observadores de Aves y Vida Silvestre de Chile (ROC)- Chile
Saint Paul Public Library – MN
San Juan Bay Estuary Program – PR
The Guild for Exceptional Children – NY
The Outlet Dance Project Festival – NJ
Town of Edmonston – MD
USU Extension – UT
Watsonville Wetlands Watch – CA

With so many creative proposals, we had a difficult time choosing only these applicants. We would like to thank all of the organizations who applied and encourage you to apply next time as well. Look forward to reading all about their events on our website!

You can read more about past mini-grant events here!

Workshop for Community Advocates and Grassroots Leaders on October 18-19

We are offering full scholarships for community advocates and grassroots leaders working in low-income communities.

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.

Scholarship application in English: APPLY HERE

Postulación en Español: POSTULA AQUÍ

Applications must be received by August 15.

Questions? Email urbanbirds@cornell.edu

(Photo © Marilu Lopez Fretts)