Bird nest in crazy places and often use interesting materials like a six-pack soda collar, plastic bags, nylon rope, and a host of other creative materials to engineer a nest. To help spread the word about the enjoyment of birds and inject competition into the mix, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology hosts a contest for the most unique nests found around the country. Along with the interesting challenge are cautions about approaching nesting birds so they aren’t disrupted. Here are the details for this fun, interesting contest.


Spring is nesting season and some birds have a flair for the funky when it comes to finding the right real estate to lay their eggs and raise their chicks. The annual “Funky Nests in Funky Places” contest hosted by the Celebrate Urban Birds project at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is underway. Look for another entertaining collection of nests in old boots, barbecue grills, motorcycle helmets, traffic signals, rakes, old tires and who-knows-what.

Participants may send in a photo, video, story, poem, or even some form of dance or artwork. Entries may be submitted in categories such as “cutest,” “funniest,” “funkiest,” or “most inconvenient.”


SOURCEThe Cornell Lab
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Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.