Tuesday, March 30, 2010

WeLoveBirds.org Photo Contest Launches

Immature Great Horned Owl by Lyle Madeson, from WeLoveBirds.org  photo gallery

New York, NY & Ithaca, NY--The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology today announced the launch of the WeLoveBirds.org photo contest. Anyone can join this free interactive online community and submit one original photograph of a wild bird for the contest. Site members will vote for their favorite photographs. The winning photos will be announced and featured on Earth Day, April 22.

WeLoveBirds.org offers an open social network of people who are passionate about birds; access to information on birds and birding from a leading ornithology lab; and an opportunity to make a positive difference for birds and their habitats. WeLoveBirds.org members can already submit photographs to the site, along with videos, comments, discussions, and blog posts.

“WeLoveBirds.org members are amazing bird photographers,” said Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, NRDC senior attorney. “WeLoveBirds.org already showcases over 3,000 photographs that have been posted by its members.”

WeLoveBirds.org is a place where birders from across the world are connecting with one another,” said Miyoko Chu, director of Communications at the Cornell Lab. “Photographs are a vibrant way to make these connections as people share their favorite photos and decide the winners.”

The site represents a first partnership between NRDC and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, nationally recognized conservation organizations that will offer NRDC’s expertise in policy and advocacy and the Cornell Lab’s authoritative bird research, online birding resources, and citizen-science programs.

For contest rules and information, go to: http://www.welovebirds.org/page/photo-contest

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