The Celebrate Urban Birds project at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is launching another contest to capture memorable encounters with birds. The goal of “Close Encounters of the Bird Kind” is to show some of the ways birds interact with each other, with humans or with other creatures.

Entries can be in the form of a story, a photo, artwork, video, poetry, sculpture or any other creative art. Participants just need to show birds interacting in fun, interesting or captivating ways.

Prizes include binoculars, bird feeders, sound CDs, books and much more. The first 50 entrants receive a copy of the Cornell Lab’s “Doves and Pigeons” poster by Julie Zickefoose. Selected entries also will be featured in the 2012 Celebrate Urban Birds calendar.

To enter, send email entries to To submit a video, post it on YouTube and send the link. The email’s subject line should follow the format of “CloseEncounter_yourfirstname yourlastname_yourstate.” Entries must include both mailing address; the location where the bird(s) depicted were seen; and an explanation of why it was submitted and what it shows. Deadline for entries, one per person, is Nov. 15. For more information, visit the Celebrate Urban Birds website,