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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What can I do about this nest?

April 2024

Read our FAQ for our advice on tricky nest situations.

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Tips for Finding Nests

April 2024

If you’d like to participate in NestWatch but have a hard time finding nests, this article is for you.

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a map of the contiguous united states with a heat map showing peak migration dates. These dates occur later in the year as you move northward, with a dip in the lateral lines over the rocky mountain area. The dates range from April 24 in Florida, to May 15 in Maine.

Save Spring Migrating Birds

April 2024

Learn how to help prevent birds from colliding with buildings with these tips.

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a prothonotary warbler in flight, about to land in the entrance hole of a wooden nest box. It has a caterpillar in its beak.

Bulk Upload Update

April 2024

Thanks to Natalie Waters, of Thibodaux, LA, we’ve gained 256 Prothonotary Warbler nest records!

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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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