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2013 Mini-Grants Available

2012 November 20
by Karen Purcell

A student helps free a bird from a mist net

A student helps free a bird from a mist net during a banding demonstration at the summit for Latino youth held at the Cornell Lab this past summer. Photo by Pat Leonard

Ithaca, NY–The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s “Celebrate Urban Birds” project is accepting applications for mini-grants to fund neighborhood events that promote an appreciation for birds and nature. Organizations working with underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply. No experience with birds is required. Grants average $250-$500.

Celebrate Urban Birds mini-grants should be used to support a bird-activity day at a local museum, afterschool program, library, or community center, or fund art and gardening activities at clubs, businesses, schools, senior centers, or neighborhoods. Events or projects should feature activities involving birds, community service, art, and greening. Participants are encouraged to collect simple information about common birds and report to the Cornell Lab.

Learn more about how to apply for a mini-grant. Deadline to apply is December 15, 2012

Celebrate Urban Birds is a free, year-round citizen science project from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Participants watch birds in their neighborhoods and report what they see. This information helps scientists better understand how birds survive in cities and make use of green spaces, including parks and gardens.

Contact: Karen Purcell, Project Leader, (607) 254-2455,

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  1. tobygrey permalink
    January 21, 2013

    If you really want to encourage neighborhood native birds and local wildlife growth and ongoing support, then instead of the grants you’ve published thus far, simply provide coupons of similar amounts toward purchases of wildlife food from such trackable names like Purina or Farmers Co-Op, requiring receipts for reimbursements or similar so you may be assured the money is spent in the proper vein. The idea is to positively encourage an influx and sustainable feeding and environmental support system for indigenous wildlife for local communities. Then publish pictures of the habitats that successfully show growth in natural wildlife specimans. Bird box building from supplies with receipts from Home Depot or Lowes with pictures of finished products should be acceptable for receiving grant coupons or reimbursements. The same for outdoor ponds and fountains which support birds, squirrels and fish. Even salt blocks for deer, elk and moose for example. It,s just a thought. Thanks.

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