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Sparrow Swap

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

People who monitor nestboxes can collect house sparrows eggs and send them to the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. Participants can opt to participate in one of four ways:

- Collector- simply collect and send house sparrow eggs to the Museum
- Remover- Collect eggs and make follow-up visits
- Swapper- Collect, swap in fake eggs, and make follow up visits
- Monitor- Be a “Swapper” or “Remover” PLUS monitor the three closest nestboxes

Data collected from follow-up visits will help evaluate the effectiveness of house sparrow management strategies. The house sparrow eggs sent to the Museum will be photographed and analyzed to understand variation in color and speckling of house sparrow eggs across the United States. The eggs will eventually be analyzed for contaminants as part of research to determine whether house sparrow eggs are a useful indicator of human exposure to environmental contaminants.

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Materials List empty egg cartons, plastic Easter eggs, Press N' Seal plastic wrap, paper towels, box, cushioning material (neswspaper),
Special Skills People who monitor nest boxes
Ideal Age Group College, Adults
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity At school, At home
Tags bioindicator, bird, bird management, bluebird, caren cooper, contaminants, house sparrow, nc museum of natural sciences, nestbox, songbird, sparrow swap
Project Updated 01/14/2019