Send your contest entry showing how humans help birds survive in cities!
Planting berry bushes will attract many birds, including Cedar Waxwings. Photo by Bob Howdeshell

No Birds Left Behind
Contest entries  show the ways  people help birds in cities

For release:  November  19, 2012

Ithaca, NY--How can we make life easier for birds in our neighborhoods? That's the question behind the latest seasonal challenge from Celebrate Urban Birds. This Cornell Lab of Ornithology citizen-scence project focuses specifically on birds in urban settings and how they benefit from green spaces created by humans. Several times per year the project holds contests, or "challenges" to get participants thinking about birds in their neighborhoods. Challenge entries may be photographs, artwork, video, a story, or a poem showing or describing how birds are surviving and making use of their habitat.

"As part of this challenge, we want to see the creative or interesting ways in which people help wild birds," says project leader Karen Purcell. "Or it could be as simple as setting up feeders or nest boxes, providing water, or planting flowers that provide seeds."

Deadline for entries is December 15. Learn more about how you can take part.

Great prizes include feeders from challenge sponsor Kaytee, plus bird guides, sound recordings, posters, fun bird books for adults and children, and more.

How to participate:
1. Email your entry to
2. Write your FirstName_LastName_City_State_NOBIRD in the subject line
3. Include your postal address in the body of the email
4. Please explain where the photo was taken and the name of the bird if you know it
5. Read and agree to the terms and conditions of the Challenge

See examples of current entries for this bird-inspired challenge.

Celebrate Urban Birds is a free, year-round citizen-science project focused on birds in neighborhood settings.

Media Contact:
Pat Leonard, Cornell Lab, (607) 254-2137,
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