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Smithsonian's Neighborhood Nestwatch

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Presented By Smithsonian Institution
Goal Team with scientists to study backyard birds.
Task Capture, measure, and band backyard birds.
Where Washington, DC United States Within 60 miles of Washington, DC. Washington, DC United States

Volunteers for the Smithsonian Institution's Neighborhood Nestwatch in the Washington, DC, area team with scientists to find and monitor bird nests and to record and report their observations.

Participants help capture, measure, and band backyard birds as well as track their presence from year to year. Through annual summer visits to urban, suburban, and rural backyards, participants and their families receive coaching on how to monitor and report data on nests of common backyard birds.

Volunteers also become an important part of a study seeking to determine the effectiveness of informal education experiences.

If you live within 60 miles of Washington, DC, take a naturalist’s journey into the mysterious lives of neighborhood birds, and join more than 200 citizen scientists making significant contributions to our knowledge of backyard wildlife.

How to Join

If you are interested in joining the program, sign up for the wait list, and project coordinators will contact you when space is available.

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Required Gear

Binoculars, nest tags, and a computer with Internet access.

Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Spend the Time outdoors
Tags museum, smithsonian
Project Updated 05/23/2018