Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center (springcreek.audubon.org) and the American Institute of Architects-Lincoln are collaborating with community partners for the second year of the Big B.A.D. (Build and Design) Birdhouse Project. Project partners include Lincoln Community Learning Centers, Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, Wild Bird Habitat Store, History Nebraska, and Art Bus Lincoln.

The project has three goals:

1.Increase community outreach around architecture and design.

2.Increase bird habitat around the city of Lincoln by building and installing birdhouses.

3.Provide youth, families, and all audiences the opportunity to share artistic and design skills in an interactive, multigenerational community project.

This year, the project has two parts: A design competition/auction for artists, architects, and designers in all media, and community builds for youth and families.

Design submissions will be accepted through January 17. Community build events for youth and families will take place in January and February.

The design competition is an opportunity for all of Lincoln and surrounding area artists, architects, and designers to showcase their talent publicly. A jury will select winning birdhouse designs, and those designers, or team of designers, will be provided a $250 stipend to create their piece for an auction in March. One-third of auction proceeds will be given back to the designer or designing team and the other two-thirds will fund Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center’s programming for Lincoln Community Learning Centers.

For more information about Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center and the Big B.A.D. Birdhouse Project, visit springcreek.audubon.org/get-involved/birdhouse.