NestWatch is a nationwide nest-monitoring program designed to track status and trends in the reproductive biology of birds. Participating in NestWatch is easy and anyone can do it.

How to Participate

  1. Take the online quiz to get certified
  2. Find nests
  3. Record data
  4. Submit online or with the mobile app

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NestWatch News

Six House Finch eggs lie in a nest inside a large nest box

Rare Nest Box Occupants

July 2022

On the blog: when common birds do something uncommon, NestWatchers notice.

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A map of the US and Canada showing blue pins that represent thousands of nest locations

A Major Milestone

July 2022

We’ve begun the long-awaited process of uploading our nest-record card data into the NestWatch database.

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3 American Robin chicks in a nest, and 2 are visibly panting

Tips for High Heat

July 2022

Are temperatures scorching in your area? Check out these tips for how to help your local nesting birds.

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a chickadee poking its head out of the entrance hole of a wooden nest box that was installed on a pole in a forest of leafless trees in springtime.

New Chapter in New Hampshire

July 2022

Welcome to the newest NestWatch Chapter, the NH Audubon Massabesic Center, in Auburn, New Hampshire!

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DRL-0540185. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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