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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a bluebird perched on a wooden post

Heat Wave Impacts on Nests

October 2023

Our latest blog describes this recent study on how heat can affect nesting success.

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an ash-throated flycatcher perched on a branch in a tree, with many insects in its beak

On a Roll in California

October 2023

Our latest bulk upload included 601 nest records representing 16 species!

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an illustrated picture of a bluebird coming in to land at a nest box which has another bluebird perched at the entrance hole.

Love Fall Color?

October 2023

So do bluebirds! Read on to find out what bluebirds and fall foliage have in common.

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several partially feathered chimney switfts sitting in a nest that is built on the inside brick wall of a chimney

Help Us Finish Strong

October 2023

Our transcription project is nearly finished! It’s a great time of year to help out.

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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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