Chicago Going to the Birds with "Tweet Home Chicago"

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The City of Chicago and its partners are inviting Chicagoans to participate in a bird house design and build competition. Tweet Home Chicago aims to raise awareness about the imporantance of birds and bird habitat in Chicago. Don't let the overabundance of pigeons fool you, Chicago is home to 80 native bird species that nest here. During the spring and fall two hundred more use Chicago as a resting spot during migrations. 
Students, novices and professional designers and carpenters are encouraged to design and build a bird house for one of the eight bird species highlighted. The bird houses entered in the Tweet Home Chicago competition will be judged by a panel of judges that will include professionals from the design, art and conservation communities. 
For us Chicago gardeners birds are a great resources in controlling garden pests, like the Japanese beetles, in our gardens without the use of harsh chemicals.  
Deadline registration is April 16, 2010. Submittals are due April 29-May 1, 2010 at Chicago Center for Green Technology.If you'd like to participate visit: cityofchicago.org/environment or email your questions to birds@cityofchicago.org. Prizes will be awarded in both the adult & youth categories. 1st prize: $500 2nd prize: $250 3rd prize: $150

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  • It's so wonderful now, hearing the birds singing their hearts out every morning!

    I love bird cages, but have never tried to make one. (I'm not handy with tools, and I'd probably end up cutting off a finger or something.) I'm always drawn to birdhouse displays at garden shows and garden centers. My oldest daughter has the coolest cluster of bird houses at her new home - there are 5 or 6 houses clustered together on a post with cross beams. It's like a bird house high rise!

  • In reply to ssgardengirl:

    I've always wanted to make one but I don't think I've ever tried. Maybe this year will be the year for me to try since that $500 prize is VERY motivating.

    Also, your daughter's cluster of bird houses reminds me of a cool one I saw nailed against the side of a business that I keep meaning to revisit and take a picture of.

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