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nests, clutches, broods, and fledglings

For over a decade people like you have helped scientists by collecting valuable data on the successes and failures of nesting birds.

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NestWatch News

Celebrating 50 Years of Monitoring!

March 2015

Volunteers have been helping the Lab monitor nesting birds for 50 years. To celebrate, we’ll be giving away prizes this year to three lucky participants!

No Nest Required

March 2015

Did you know that not all birds build nests? Meet five species of birds that do things a little differently—no nest required—and some reasons why they opted out.

Which Came First: Cavities or Cups?

March 2015

Some birds nest in cavities, and others prefer an open cup nest. Even species that are closely related may have different strategies. But why?

Sneaky Ducks And Scrambled Eggs

March 2015

Have you ever seen a Wood Duck hen tending a brood of mixed species of ducklings? Why would she take care of other species’ young? Read on to find out.

A Little Nest Egg

March 2015

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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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