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Sparrow Swap

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Presented By NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Goal Collect house sparrow (HS) eggs & test management strategies
Task Swap and/or collect and ship HS eggs; monitor nestbox outcome
Where United States of America North America

People who monitor bluebird nestboxes can collect eggs of house sparrows and donate them to the collection at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. Participants can opt to receive painted wooden eggs to swap into nests to keep house sparrows committed to the nest attempt instead of disrupting any other nests. Participants monitor nest boxes and report the outcome of the egg removal or egg swap. Eggs in the collection will eventually be analyzed for contaminants as part of research to determine whether house sparrow eggs are useful bioindicator of human exposure to environmental contaminants.

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Special Skills People who monitor nest boxes
Ideal Age Group College, Adults
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity At school
Tags bioindicator, bird, bird management, bluebird, caren cooper, contaminants, house sparrow, nc museum of natural sciences, nestbox, songbird, sparrow swap
Project Updated 02/17/2017