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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NestWatch News

the cover image of the NestWatch Digest, featuring a female wood duck sitting in the entrance of a nest box.

Our Annual Report is Here

March 2024

The NestWatch Digest for the 2023 nesting season is available now!

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two white fuzzy kestrel nestlings in a bed of wood shavings inside a nest box.

AKP Data Migration Complete

March 2024

Former AKP contributors can now access their data in NestWatch and start monitoring for the 2024 season.

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NestWatcher Wins Conservation Award

March 2024

Congrats to Tim Bischoff, who was recently awarded the Ohio Bluebird Society’s Wildlife Conservation Award.

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a chickadee sits atop a vertical pipe and is looking down inside of it.

What’s This Bird Doing?

March 2024

Learn why it’s best to cover up open-ended pipes, and how this relates to the nesting season.

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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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