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Name of Collaboratory :


Celebrate Urban Birds


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Collaboratory Status :

Operational   Start Date : End Date : Info Last Updated : Sat, Dec 4 2010 7:00am PST

Primary Collaboratory Function :

  Open Community Contribution System  

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Domain(s) :

  BIOLOGICAL/AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES >Biological Sciences >Zoology, Other  

Brief Description of the Collaboratory :


Celebrate Urban Birds is a citizen science project that promotes conservation in cities through gardening, the arts, and observing birds. Data are used in real university research, and kids feel they are contributing to nature and bird conservation.

Anyone can sign up through the Website, after which they will receive (via mail or download) a free Celebrate Urban Birds kit. The kit contains everything one needs to do this observation, including 2 posters, a data sheet, a sticker, and a seed packet (which indirectly relate in that the eventual sunflowers will feed and support birds). Participants then become "citizen-scientists" by observing in their neighborhoods and sending the data to scientists at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.

The Website also offers a plethora of suggestions on community projects participants can organize surrounding the project, related art projects (and opportunities to showcase them), gardening projects, and a bird guide.

Every year, Celebrate Urban Birds invites organizations and educators to apply for mini-grants to help fund creative neighborhood events.

Celebrate Urban Birds is possible only through the work of volunteers, interns, wonderful partnerships with organizations in Ithaca and elsewhere, and dedicated staff at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (including staff in IT, marketing, education, design, membership, media, conservation science, and many other departments).

Celebrate Urban Birds was designed to be easy to do, easy to find, so anyone, even someone who has never thought about birds before, can do the project.


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Access to Information Resources :

  All of the resource material is freely available via the Website.  

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Funding Agency or Sponsor :

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA)

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Description of organization's role(s):
Cornell University
   Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Notes on Participants/Organizations:
There are thousands of participants from all around the world (but mostly from the US).


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