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Texan Claims Top Prize; National Bird Day Was a Top-Flight Affair

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WINNERS: Inaugural Bird Photo Contest a Hit With 200-Plus Entries!

021712_contest.jpgTo celebrate National Bird Day and in collaboration with the new comedy about birding, "The Big Year," we hatched a Free Bird Photo Contest! The four-week competition was open to all and attracted some 200 entries. The winning photo of a Carolina wren was taken by Kanokwalee Pusitanun of Cedar Park, TX. Kanokwalee will receive a pair of powerful binoculars, a bird feeder from the Born Free USA online store and a copy of "The Big Year." See the Top 20 contest photos!

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SUCCESSES: National Bird Day 2012 Celebrated Throughout the World

021712_recap.jpgAvian advocates flocked together to make the 10th edition of National Bird Day one of the best yet. Take a look back at what happened on the special day last month, including NBD proclamations at national and local levels, Girl Scout participation and a coloring contest, extensive media coverage, a "blog-off" by Born Free USA's bird experts and even National Bird Day-related programs as far away as Nepal.

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ARTWORK: Born Free USA's Resident Artist Extraordinaire Shares His Wares

021712_artwork.jpgBorn Free USA's Canadian representative and senior program associate, Barry Kent MacKay, is a lifelong birder who has painted hundreds of portraits of birds (and other creatures) he has observed in the wild — in North America and farther afield. For the first time we now present more than 350 of his original artworks on our website! Barry is offering 90 of them for sale, with 50 percent of all sales benefiting Born Free USA and its multifaceted efforts to let birds fly unfettered and free.

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HELP: Your Donation Can Help Beautiful Wild Parrots in Honduras

021712_macaw.jpgRevered by the Maya, scarlet macaws once flew in abundance over much of Central America. Today their numbers have drastically fallen throughout Latin and South America, as the beautiful birds are under constant and sustained threat from deforestation and poaching. Born Free USA has partnered in establishing a biological research station in Honduras that aims to protect and monitor the scarlet macaws. Please consider making a generous donation to make this project a success for scarlet macaws and for the bird-loving people of Honduras.

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