The Natural Resources Defense Council and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology has launched a new wild bird photo contest. Through Nov. 24, anyone can join the free online community at and submit one original photograph of a wild bird to the contest. Site members will vote for their favorite photographs the following week.

The winning photographs will be featured on the site. The top winner also will receive a copy of the newly released “Bird Songs Bible,” which features audio clips of birds from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and is a complete illustrated reference for all 747 species of North America‚Äôs birds. Each week during the contest, one member who has submitted a photo to the contest also will be randomly chosen to receive a “Bird Songs Bible.”

The Web site represents a partnership between NRDC and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. With more than 13,000 stunning bird photos already uploaded to, wild bird photos have proven a central part of the interactions and social networking on the site. started last February as an interactive online community for bird enthusiasts, offering a free and 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. It has grown to nearly 3,000 members with an active Facebook page and Twitter feed (@weluvbirds). members regularly submit photographs to the site, along with videos, comments, discussions and blog posts. The first photo contest last spring was a success with nearly 200 photos submitted and active member engagement in the voting.

For photo contest rules and information, visit

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