The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a world leader in the study, appreciation and conservation of birds. The group works to engage people of all ages in learning about birds and protecting our planet, and they have a particularly vibrant Facebook page. Through a variety of programs, the group engages citizens nationwide in activities that help us learn about and preserve bird populations. One such program is the Celebrate Urban Birds program, wherein anyone can sign up to receive a Celebrate Urban Birds kit in the mail or download the materials online, then do 10-minute bird observations in your area and sending the data to the scientists at Cornell’s lab. If you have children or are a teacher, this excellent free activity is perfect to celebrate Earth Day, coming up on April 22nd. Another way you can engage in children’s bird education is via the Bob’s Red Mill Bird Smarts Challenge. Every Tuesday, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology will post a “mystery bird.” Everyone can comment to try to guess the name of the bird, and whenever 100 people comment, Bob’s Red Mill donates a BirdSleuth science training materials kit to a classroom somewhere in the U.S. Teachers can register their classroom here. Birds are a vital part of healthy ecosystems and a joyful part of our lives. If you want to support bird research, become a supporter of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, an excellent resource to engage children and adults in bird conservation.