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

a snake curled up on top of a nest in a nest box

A New Way to Deter Snakes

June 2021

Recent research describes the success of a new guard that protects tree-mounted nest boxes.

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An American Dipper with a beak full of insects

Mobile App Update

June 2021

The newest version includes bug fixes, improved offline experience, and the ability to sort nests alphabetically.

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Mary Geis (left) and Lou Ann Harris banding bluebird chicks

Meet Mary Geis

June 2021

Read the inspiring life story of a woman who spent 30 years gathering nesting data in Montana.

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Eight mountain chickadee nestlings in a nest box

Vancouver Data Upload

June 2021

We recently added 321 nest records to the database, thanks to the Vancouver Avian Research Centre.

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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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