Discover Celebrate Urban Birds


Celebrate Urban Birds is a citizen science
project and, in a way, we have two separate strong goals. One of them is to collect data on sixteen
species of birds, especially in urban locations. And the other is to engage new audiences in
birding, conservation, and citizen sciences. Let’s call them specimens, all right. We work in urban locations in the United States,
Mexico, and Canada. And we work particularly with low-income urban
communities. The majority of people that we work with don’t
connect with birds, they haven’t been birding, they haven’t had opportunities. So what we do is teach people about the birds
that are living outside their door. And there are lots of birds in cities. This group will have four students and two
chaperones. When the kids come to the Lab of Ornithology
for a two-day workshop, we give them all kinds of different activities
in which to participate. The big pectoral muscle that they use to flap
attaches to that bone. The idea here is to have them see different
careers, different opportunities in conservation science and also to learn a little bit about what it’s
like to be a part of higher education. For these kids, the opportunity to come here
and the opportunity to get up close with birds and people who are in the field, to be able to
record sound themselves, touch the equipment and hear the sounds, to
be able to hold a bird in the hand and let it go, it’s an incredible opportunity for them. An opportunity that they’ve never had anything
close to it. Thousands of red-winged blackbirds and they’re
almost all males. I think it’s essential to include diverse
communities in the work that we do. Those are tree swallows. Perched. We can’t get good data on birds if we’re
not involved in communities from all kinds of different backgrounds and
geographic areas. When we ask questions as scientists, we’re
asking questions based on our own beliefs and our own understanding of the world. If we don’t have diversity in the sciences,
then all the questions that we’re asking come from one viewpoint
or from one understanding of the world. And that’s not good science. So apparently there are three birds in nets
over here. These kids are topnotch. They’re thinking in interesting, creative ways. And then they go back to their communities
and they feel like they want to share what they’ve learned here. So they’re starting to build their mud nests. Many of them take on stewardship projects,
greening projects, cleanup projects or simply projects in which
they teach others about birds. But the biggest thing that we talk to them
about is to think about themselves and about their futures and what
they can do to have science be a part of their lives. Their metabolism is very fast, they have to eat a lot of food. It opens up a whole other world that they’ve
never known or dreamed about because they’ve never been a part of it. It’s life changing for them.

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  1. I Love this program! When I was younger I remember the college based community programs in my community. They are Extremely Important! I was taught my some of them and was a Counselor for some others. It's truly a blessing for Our Children…

  2. Im always on the hunt for urban raptors. Something just spooked my feeders just now…resident coopers hawk..maybe. .

  3. More people need to view the world with the mind of a scientist, there are amazing things happening all around us and most people are blind to it.

  4. I never put much though into "lesser" creatures until I got a pet bird. After that I started paying attention to wild birds. I discovered that birds are incredibly smart, and have very complex feelings just like me. Made me realize that I was the lesser for ever thinking of other living creatures like that. As a result, I acknowledge and sympathize with nature so much more.

  5. I talked to someone from the Autobon and he said that if I keep studying birds I may be able to get a FULL SCHOLARSHIP! Yay! Also, I may be able to work with you guys! That's like my DREAM!🐤

  6. Can you please help me to identify a bird which makes continuous sounds at night. I have the recording too which I am not able to attach in this comment. Give me  you email or any other link on which i can share the sound

  7. What a great video and explanation of the benefits of the program.  Wish this was available to me when I was that age!

  8. There are any possibility to upload this video in my youtube channel translated to Spanish? do I have to get permission from you? best

  9. Sigue siendo tan actual… y pues claro que estan cambiando la vida de muchos participantes en este hermoso proyecto.

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