Want to learn more about how you can help birds in urban environments, participate as a citizen scientist in the study of these feathered creatures, or simply celebrate their presence amidst all the concrete and buildings? Check out the Celebrate Urban Birds website, a project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
You can start by leaning about sixteen species of birds. Then pick a time and place, watch for ten minutes, and submit your observations online. Lots of observations from lots of folks provide scientists with data that can help them assess and promote the health of urban bird populations.
But there's a lot more to the site than data gathering. One of the goals of the site is to encourage the celebration of nature in the city, help people feel good by getting outside and interested in the natural world, and give them ideas for ways to connect with other celebrants and make the urban world a little more welcoming for its avian residents.
Find ideas for ways to celebrate birds in schools, libraries, community gardens, and home school families. Of special interest to gardeners is a section on Urban Gardening for Birds, full of ideas for planting ″Little Green Places″ to support and attract birds in urban settings.
To find out all that this website has to offer, go to: Celebrate Urban Birds.