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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Upcoming Nighthawks Webinar

March 2023

Join us on April 19 at 7pm–8pm ET for a virtual conversation with author and researcher Gretchen Newberry. Register today!

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Blow Flies in Nest Boxes

March 2023

In this month’s blog post, we explore what nest box stewards can or should do about blowfly larvae.

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First Chapter in South Carolina

March 2023

Our newest NestWatch Chapter is the Audubon Center and Sanctuary at Francis Beidler Forest, located in Harleyville, SC.

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A Timely Reminder

March 2023

Plastic Easter grass can be an entanglement hazard for nesting birds. Be sure to use bird-safe alternatives this year.

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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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