Bits and pieces (or maybe a bit and a piece) from here and there:
- The folks at the Cornell Lab or Ornithology are sponsoring a fun contest they’re calling the Funky Nests in Funky Places Challenge. Here’s an excerpt of their description: "For the Funky Nests in Funky Places challenge, we want you to take photos, do a painting, write a story or shoot a video showing a bird’s nest built in some out-of-the-way or out-of-this-world place." I’m sure there are some funky nests in funky places in the Northland. Contest details and more information are available at the Cornell Lab’s "Celebrate Urban Birds" Web site here: www.birds.cornell.edu/celebration/ Contest deadline is July 31.
- Here’s a reminder that Peregrine Watch is under way from Lake Place Park in Duluth, as peregrine falcons raise their young on the Greysolon Plaza Building. Hours are 10 a.m to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, weather permitting. More information is available here: www.hawkridge.org/education/pw.html