Photo © Keith Williams
Photo © Barbara Jacobs-Smith

New Project on Youth Engagement

This month, NestWatch begins an exciting new project engaging youth in citizen science. With support from Smith-Lever Act funds, we’ll be working in two Upstate New York communities to build, install, and monitor nest boxes with youth and their parents.

These youth workshops will be used as a model to create a national curriculum on nest-box stewardship and citizen science. The curriculum, which we will be developing with help from our 4-H partners, will eventually be hosted online and available to any educator for free. Our goal is to introduce concepts of science and ecology focused on cavity-nesting birds to young people.