Birds may be migrating for the upcoming winter, but here at Celebrate Urban Birds, we are still hard at work to help people and communities learn more about their local birds. Every year we invite organizations, educators, and youth to apply for a Celebrate Urban Birds mini-grant, and this year is no different. That’s right, the 2016 mini-grant season is here!
If you are new to this, allow me to explain:
Celebrate Urban Birds offers mini-grants that range between $100 and $750 dollars to help organizations with their events. Apart from this, we also offer materials, resources, and training free of charge for the organizations. What a deal! There are only a few requirements and no previous experience is necessary. In order to be a successful applicant, the proposed event must have the essential elements of community involvement, outdoor activities, greening or habitat creation, the arts, and of course, birds. Very simple, right?
Many of our mini-grant winners are featured on our “Events” page, where you can read about their inspiring activities. For example, in May, the WorldBeat Center hosted a series of events in their Ethno-Botany Peace Garden at Balboa Park in San Diego, CA, to teach people about migratory birds. There was music and dance, gardening and installing bird feeders, and an art canvas was painted by all the participants and staff members.
Similarly, in August, Lifeworks Services, Inc., partnered with Minnesota Veterans Home to celebrate birds with wonderful activities that included a mosaic created by all the participants to be placed in their edible plants garden, bird observations done in their local area, and even building a birdbath to place in their garden!
No matter what type of event you decide to do, everyone can come together and enjoy birds, so apply for one of our mini-grants now. Everyone is welcome! Applications are due December 31, 2015, and information about requirements and how to apply can be found here. If you want to read more about events and activities of the past winners, then click here. If you are still unsure or have questions about our mini-grants, be sure to check out our FAQs, or write to firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s bring bird awareness to more people!
Enjoy the video from the NatureFest, here.
Remember to have fun and even if you don’t find any nests, this is a great opportunity to get in touch with nature and your city or town.
Check out our contest page here for further information and to see entries from this year and past years.
Yup, you heard us right! We are beginning our annual “Funky Nests in Funky Places” contest once again on April 1st. In case you have missed this contest in previous years and are wondering what this means, it is exactly what it sounds like. Funky nests are everywhere and we want you to find them! You may not have noticed them before, but the next time you go outside, take a walk try to look for funky-looking bird nests. You might not expect it, but they can be found in the most bizarre of locations. They could be anywhere from barbecue grills and stop lights, to clotheslines and even car tires!
Once you have found your funky nest you might be interested to discover that they are even funkier when you realize what they are made of. Hummingbird nests, for example, are made of a silky substance that is actually mostly spider web. Just try to find the funkiest nest you can and enter it to our challenge at our website! Remember to be creative! You can submit photos, videos, artwork, poems, songs, or stories.
Are there any restrictions, you ask? Here’s what you should know about the contest:
- People of all ages can participate!
- You can send in photos from anywhere in the world!
- The city, the suburbs, and rural locations are all open for your search!
- You don’t need to know anything about birds!
It is also necessary to keep several guidelines in mind in order to avoid harming these birds. It is recommended to keep visits short (about 1 minute!) and in the afternoon (after morning but before dusk). Remember to check these nests in good weather and to approach them only after the first days of incubation but before fledging. Most importantly remember not to touch the nests or the eggs, minimizing all possible disturbance.
Don’t get intimidated and just go out to have a fun walk! Even if you don’t find any nests, you will engage your city and your environment! Your nest-finding expedition may even lead you to learn things you never knew about the place you call home!
To get inspired, the following gallery has submissions from previous years. Do any places surprise or motivate you? Start searching now!