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Celebrate Urban Birds

Main Project Information
Presented By The Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Goal Help ornithologists learn about 16 key species of urban birds.
Task Track 16 species of birds for 10 mins in small area.

Celebrate Urban Birds provides an opportunity for everyone across the country to watch birds and participate in activities focused on birds and neighborhood habitat improvement.

Participants learn to identify 16 species of birds and watch an area about the size of half a basketball court (50ft x 50ft) for 10 minutes to see if they can find any of those birds. They repeat the observation 2 additional times over the following month. Celebrate Urban Birds provides all of the necessary materials to get you started.

An important part of the project is to help scientists at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology collect information about the 16 key species of birds and the habitats they use. The scientists have created a project that will use data collected from participants to study these resident and migratory birds and their interaction with green spaces.

Participants can observe birds and collect data from urban, suburban, and rural locations.

How to Join

Organizations and individuals can sign up to participate for free at

During the sign-up process, you will be asked whether you'd like to be sent a kit or whether you prefer to download the materials from the website. The paper materials from the kit can be found at:

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Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity At home, On a walk, run, At school, At sports stadiums
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags bird, birding, birds, urban birds
Project Updated 05/23/2018