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

(Photo © Marilu Lopez Fretts)

Full Scholarships Available for Youth Workshop on August 9-10

We are offering full scholarships for youth and chaperones living in low-income communities. 

Thanks to Thomas Cade Funds we will provide full scholarships for urban youth to attend a two-day Birds, Careers, and Conservation Workshop at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology August 9-10. Scholarships will cover travel, accommodations, meals, and cost of the workshop. We are looking for outstanding teens, 12-19 years old, who are interested in learning more about careers in science and conservation and who would like to have an impact in their community. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of financial need and academic potential.
Please see a description of our April 2016 workshop to better understand the activities offered.

The workshop will focus on careers in the sciences, learning about conservation science, and what youth can do in their neighborhoods to make a difference. In addition, participants will learn about Cornell, learn about cutting-edge conservation science research at the Lab, explore the value of participatory science and critical thinking, and learn about paths to higher education. Staff from seven departments at the Cornell Lab will share their expertise and time.
To NOMINATE one or more youth for the workshop please fill out the application here:
Once we receive nominations we will contact you to schedule a phone conversation.

To APPLY for a scholarship (youth) please fill out the application here:

(Photo © Marilu Lopez Fretts)

Once we receive the application we will contact you to let you know if we’d like to schedule a phone interview.
Please be aware that youth will need to travel to Cornell with an adult chaperone. (Funds for attendance will be provided, if needed.) If you nominate a youth or are a student applicant, you must include the name of the chaperone that will accompany the student(s) to the workshop.

The application/nomination new deadline is July 6.

Questions? Email or call 607-254-2123.

Funky Nests in Funky Places is Back!

You find them in hanging flower baskets… an old boot… a garage shelf… or under a bridge… Birds build nests in the strangest places!

For the Funky Nests in Funky Places challenge, we want you to take photos, do a painting or write a story showing a bird’s nest built in some out-of-the-way or out-of-this-world place.

This year the contest will take place on our FaceBook page:

3 winners in 4 categories!

Contest will run until July 1, 2016.

A committee of Lab staff will select winners based on many different criteria. Mainly we are looking for great stories in each of the four categories: Funkiest, Cutest, Most Inconvenient, and Funniest. We are not looking for fabulous photography –but instead interesting stories of discovery.

So get your cameras out and shoot a photo that highlights birds nests in the strangest places! We run this “challenge” as an educational component of our Celebrate Urban Birds project to encourage folks to get to know birds. We don’t do it to get fabulous photos, but we do get wonderful photos and beautiful stories in the process. We use these photos for educational purposes.

The challenge attempts to get people outside watching the world around them. Learning from others, discovering nature, and falling in love with birds!
All images submitted must be the work of the individual submitting them.

When observing nests please be sure to avoid touching them or disturbing the birds.

Our first Lab eNews for Latin America & The Caribbean Islands in Spanish!

Check out our first eNews for Latin America & Caribbean Islands in Spanish by clicking here!

In this issue: Information about Global Big Day (May 14th!), free webinars, list of 2016 mini-grant winner organizations in Latin America, links to educational resources and materials, and more.

Stay informed by joining our Lab eNews for Latin America & The Caribbean Islands in Spanish by clicking here! Please, notice that this is a publication only in Spanish. Help us to spread the word!