Birds + Kids = Inspiration
February 6, 2015
“Professors, scientists, college students are real people…and that could be me!”
So said an inner-city teenager who never thought if herself as a potential scientist, until she attended a workshop on birds and science at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology through the Celebrate Urban Birds program. Celebrate Urban Birds is a free, year-round citizen-science project focused on birds in neighborhood settings.
The project tackles the problem of under-representation by inner-city youth in the sciences, and it does so through a one-on-one, personal approach that opens the door to a world they might not have experienced otherwise.
Celebrate Urban Birds teaches the process of science through the study and citizen-science monitoring of birds, with a focus on the species most frequently seen in cities. The project also doubles as a citizen-science project on urban bird populations.
For most of the kids involved, Celebrate Urban Birds is their first exposure to birds. But the result is more than a crash course in ornithology—it’s a young person’s realization of their scientific potential.
Celebrate Urban Birds—By the Numbers
- 1,767 organizations worked with Celebrate Urban Birds in the past year to reach 143,781 participants.
- 130+ underrepresented youth and educators were brought to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, N.Y., for intensive science and career workshops.
- 39 CUBs mini-grants were awarded to organizations throughout the continent that worked with 4,500 underrepresented participants.
- 10+ regional workshops were conducted across the country to reach out to underserved youth in at-risk communities.
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For More on Celebrate Urban Birds:
- Sign up for your Celebrate Urban Birds kit and get started on a fun citizen science project.
- Explore different ideas for how to get your organization to celebrate urban birds.
- Learn how even a small urban concrete patio can be turned into an attractive wildlife area with container gardens.
- Explore the arts as a way to connect even deeper with the outdoors.