Join Me in Celebrating Urban Birds!

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I earned my 12 month participant badge this morning!  Woo Hoo!  That’s 12 months of submitting data for the Celebrate Urban Birds program.

And what a great program this is! Managed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, this project collects high quality data from people like me willing to provide information about the birds in my observation area, which is my backyard. And, it only takes 10 minutes and I can log my sighting online.  Easy Peasy!

Why is this important?

In the last 6 years, Celebrate Urban Birds has partnered with over 9,000 community-based organizations, distributed more than 250,000 educational kits, and awarded dozens of mini-grants to promote the education of urban birds. And… 88% of their partner organizations work with underserved audiences with participants ranging in age from preschoolers and kindergartners to seniors, 75% of which have little or no experience with birds.


Focal birds in their observation study include:

  • American Crow
  • American Robin
  • Baltimore Oriole (east)
  • Barn Swallow
  • Black-crowned Night-Heron
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Bullock-s Oriole (west)
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Euorpean Starling
  • House Finch
  • House Sparrow
  • Killdeer
  • Mallard
  • Mourning Dove
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Rock Pigeon

Equally important are the observations of where these birds are not! I personally haven’t observed all of the birds on the list above. But that information also tells a story. In fact, this morning, I didn’t observe ANY of the focal point birds in my backyard. But I DID observe a blue jay, two cardinals, a yellow-bellied woodpecker, and two white-winged doves.

And they were all beautiful!


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