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Presented By Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Goal Help scientists monitor North America’s nesting birds.
Task Visit nests once or twice each week and monitor their progress.
Where NestWatch

Whether in a shrub, a tree, or a nest box, bird nests are everywhere. Find one, and you can help scientists study the biology and monitor populations of North America’s birds by joining the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s NestWatch program. Every year, volunteers from across the country visit nests once or twice each week and monitor their progression from incubating eggs to fuzzy chicks to fully fledged young. They then submit this data to NestWatch where it is compiled and analyzed.

NestWatch helps people of all ages and backgrounds connect with nature. The information that NestWatchers collect allows us to understand the impact that various threats, such as environmental change and habitat destruction, have on breeding birds. Armed with this knowledge, we can take the necessary steps to help birds survive in this changing world.

Project Timing Year-round, during local breeding seasons.
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Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Ideal Frequency Every few days
Average Time Several hours
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity At school, At a science center, zoo or aquarium, At home
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Tags birds, bluebirds, breeding birds, cavity-nesting birds, egg, nest, nest box
Project Updated 05/23/2018