Friday, May 14, 2010

Take the Funky Nests Challenge!

Melisa Brodsky of the Marion County Master Naturalists
sent the following information:

Celebrate Urban Birds

May 14, 2010

Photo by Boyd Jensen, California

Dear Birding Friend,

The "Funky Nests in Funky Places" environmental challenge is back! We received more than 600 entries to this Celebrate Urban Birds contest last year showing nests in hanging flower baskets, an old boot, a teacup, a coffee can--even on top of a clothespin, where a hummingbird built its tiny nest. See the 2009 entries.

If you're not familiar with Celebrate Urban Birds, it's a citizen-science project from the Cornell Lab of Ornthology that collects information about birds in cities and how they make use of available "green spaces." It also gets more people interested in birds and nature through community events centered around the arts, gardening, and science.

For the 2010 Funky Nests in Funky Places challenge, you may take photos, do a painting, write a story, or shoot a video showing a bird’s nest built in some out-of-the-way or out-of-this-world place.

Photo by Jacquie Tinker, New York

We've had such fun with this challenge! The theme really struck a chord with people last year. You wouldn't believe how many showed us bird nests in barbecue grills, bathrooms, garden tools, and signs. We even had Tree Swallows nesting in a cannon!

Prizes you could win this year include Kaytee bird feeders and seed, sound CDs, books, posters, nest boxes, and more. If you're one of the first 50 entrants, you'll receive a copy of the "Doves and Pigeons" poster by Julie Zickefoose. Selected images and videos will be posted on the Celebrate Urban Birds website. We'll also be creating a 2011 calendar using some of the best entries.

Email your entry to

1. Write "Funky Nests_Your First and Last Name_ Your City and State" in the subject line.
2. In the email, you MUST include your name, mailing address, and location where photos were taken.
3. Tell us why you submitted your entry to the Funky Nests in Funky Places contest.
4. Choose your best/favorite entry and send just that one, please!
5. Read the terms of agreement
6. Be careful around nesting birds. Read more about how to find nests and what to do once you know where birds are nesting.
7. If you agree to the terms above, send us your entry before July 1, 2010.

Visit the Celebrate Urban Birds website for more information. Hey, show us your funky nest!


Karen Purcell, project leader
Celebrate Urban Birds

The 2010 Funky Nests in Funky Places challenge is sponsored in part by Kaytee.


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

Cornell Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Rd, Ithaca NY 14850
Call toll-free (800) 843-BIRD (2473)

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