Celebrate Urban Birds

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology: Celebrate Urban Birds logo

Founded in 2007, Celebrate Urban Birds (CUBs) is a year-round project developed and launched by The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Its primary purpose is to reach diverse urban audiences who do not already participate in science or scientific investigation.

Another of our goals is to collect high-quality data from participants that will provide us with valuable knowledge of how different environments will influence the location of birds in urban areas.

In the last ten years, CUBs has partnered with over 12,000 community-based organizations, distributed more than 500,000 educational kits, and awarded dozens of mini-grants. Over 90% of our partner organizations work with underserved audiences. Our participants range in age from preschoolers to seniors, and more than 75% have little or no experience with birds.

Despite our name, we are not restricted to dense city environments. Our sixteen target focal species can be found in a wide range of environments throughout North America. We also send educational materials to, and collect data from, Canada and Mexico. Additionally, we love to hear about and support projects that involve the arts, neighborhood greening, or other community habitat-creation efforts!


The CUBs Data study is a fun way to learn to identify your neighborhood birds while being a scientist!

Learn the focal birds near you! (Image of a woman looking through binoculars in an urban setting.)

Can’t name a bird that you’ve seen? CUBs has a guide for that—actually, they have four guides for that, depending on where you are: United StatesMexicoCanada, and Puerto Rico.

Learn about how CUBs supports and inspires love for our feathered friends through their events throughout the Americas! And don’t forget to check out their mini-grants, which are a great opportunity for all interested communities.

For more resources from the NOISE Project community, please visit our Resources page.