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Be on the lookout for funky nests

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: May 20, 2014
A robin's nest is nestled between two gas cans.

Give birds credit for being resourceful.

The little creatures seem to find the most unexpected places to build their nests. Inside shoes. Atop car tires. On Christmas light wires. (I hate when people leave their holiday decorations up for months, but I’ll give you a pass if there are birds nesting on yours.)

Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Celebrate Urban Birds project is challenging people to find the oddest, cutest, most amazing bird nests in its annual Funky Nests in Funky Places competition. It’s urging people of all ages to search their neighborhoods for nests and document them in photos, videos, artwork, poems or stories. 

Prizes are on the line, including binoculars, bird feeders, DVDs and more. 

Deadline is July 1, so get out there and start searching.



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