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05/11/2011 Life+ Cap DOM: Conservation of priority bird species in the French Overseas Departments (DOMs)

Life+ Cap DOM (Département d'Outre-Mer) is the first European Programme for the conservation of fauna involving several DOMs and their NGOs. It has been developed on the basis of the conservation priorities defined by the local NGOs and the LPO, with the support of Reunion Island National Park and of numerous other local institutional partners.

05/11/2011 Short film highlights environmental damage caused by biofuels

More than 20 environmental organisations across Europe are calling on the EU to stop the environmental damage caused by EU biofuels targets with the help of Peter and Jane, characters in a specially-created animated short film. To watch the 1m 30 second film in English, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igUtLwruUjA

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The Latest from Bird Crafts

The Latest from Bird Crafts

Cool Customers: Pink Butterfly Garden Party

Posted: 10 May 2011 06:17 AM PDT

Swoooooning over the details of this enchanting Pink Garden Party by Maja from Cantinho da Maja. The attention to details is just awesome, and I'm oh-so inspired by the multitude of ways that Maja has used our Pink Garden Party printables for this girly, pink and totally fabulous 1st Birthday Party!!

Check out the stunning party photos and fun details below:

Told you it was stunning - For more details check out Maja's blog here.
Thanks so much for all the fabulous party photos and inspiring ideas Maja!

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Dr. Jungle's Animal Speak

Dr. Jungle's Animal Speak

Dog Care – How To Take Care of a Dog

Posted: 10 May 2011 10:19 PM PDT

Dog CareDog Care
"Dogs can be a great source of companionship, for kids and adults alike!"

Deciding to bring a new dog into your life – whether a puppy or an adult – will turn into a

wonderful experience, bringing change and joy!

Adopting a new puppy or adult dog can be one of the most exciting and profound experiences of your life, similar to getting married, buying your first car, or obtaining your first house. And a new dog takes work, just like all of those.

To have a good experience with your new pet, it is important to become familiar with how to care for your dog and learn about their needs.

Dogs are generally very devoted and loyal to their family members and because of that make great companions. Dogs are not choosy and will give their love to any owner willing to reciprocate that love – they don’t judge who you are or what your faults are. They can detect when you are sad or happy and their moods will follow suit. They can prove to be very loyal protectors and friends… Read More

More about How To Take Care of a Dog!

Celebrate Urban Birds eNewsletter - May 2011

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Celebrate Urban Birds eNewsletter

May 2011

A young bird watcher gets a few tips during the Festival of Endemic Birds of Cuba.

Cultural Exchange Project


We're looking for organizations interested in collaborating in a cultural exchange program focused on birds, art, citizen science, and the creation or improvement of green spaces. Our focus is to connect youth and families in Latin America with participants in the United States. 
2011 Mini-Grants Announced

Eighteen diverse organizations were selected to receive 2011 Celebrate Urban Birds mini-grants. In addition, we are supporting more than 100 mini-grant applicants with materials and training.

              Have a look at 
this year's winners.

              See featured events for 2011. 

"Willoughby" is a Turkey Vulture used in educational programs at Nature's Nursery Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation in Ohio. The Center is one of the 2011 mini-grant recipients.

Leaders of the World, Inc. youngsters learning about birds as part of their Celebrate Urban Birds mini-grant project.
Leaders for the World

Take a look at the outstanding work done in Puerto Rico by Leaders for the World, Inc., one of our 2010 mini-grant recipients. The project integrated greening, the arts, birding, data collection, and community service. Students and stakeholders were introduced to the project through a series of six detailed workshops on subjects ranging from habitat, the arts, and data collection. At the culminating event participants collected data on the Celebrate Urban Birds focal species and were introduced to endemic species as well. Make sure you look at the final report. You will be absolutely inspired! (In Spanish only.)

An overzealous Barn Swallow built this high-rise mud  nest on an electrical switch. Photo by Nancy Frank, Wisconsin

Funky Nests Challenge

We want to see and read your contributions to the third annual Funky Nests in Funky Places Challenge. Enter before June 1, 2011.

Have you seen any nests this spring? Share them with us! Look in out-of-the-way or out-of-this-world places. Maybe it's an abandoned nest, maybe it's just the image of a nest in your imagination. Absolutely no birding experience needed! Share your drawings, paintings, stories, or video.

Prizes include bird feeders, nest boxes, sound CDs, guides, posters, and books including Nests: Fifty Nests and the Birds That Built Them, by Sharon Beals. The first 50 entrants will receive a copy of our "Silhouette" poster. Have a look at some of the entries we have so far:

Photos and art

Poetry, stories, videos

Thanks for participating in Celebrate Urban Birds!

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Funky Nests on Martha Stewart

Project FeederWatch's David Bonter was back on Martha Stewart's television show in March to talk about bird nests and eggs. Featured on the show were a series of photos submitted by participants to our "Funky Nests in Funky Places" challenge. Check it out.

Birds of Brooklyn 

Speakers scattered throughout Brooklyn play the sounds of birds no longer found in the borough.

Check out our new web page about the unique Birds of Brooklyn artwork. Artist Jenna Spevack has created a community-based audio project that brings the sounds of Brooklyn's displaced, endangered, and bygone birds to various sites around the borough. You can stand outside a shop or apartment building and hear a bird that might have lived there long ago. Jenna hopes to help city dwellers connect with the natural sounds of the area and raise awareness about declining bird populations in urban environments.

Jenna has also designed an
activity for educators and families to help them experience this project.

Get Connected

Check in with the Celebrate Urban Birds project via Facebook and Twitter. We have new postings daily. For example, see the eagles one of our participants, Janie Ferguson, has found near her home in New York, or recent entries to the challenges. Ask questions, show us what you're seeing in your neighborhood, learn about good flowers and shrubs for birds, community events, upcoming webinars, and more. 

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