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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A close-up shot of the head and breast of a female mallard, looking serene.

Past Nest Records Revived

June 2024

We’re thrilled to announce that 33,738 old nest records have recently been added to our database.

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a mourning dove nest in a planter that has been hung on the railing of a balcony in New York City.

New Chapter in Upper Manhattan

June 2024

Welcome to our newest chapter, the Avian Stewards NestWatch Society, based in New York, NY!

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a wren perched sideways on a branch, with a leaf in its beak.

Kansas Data Boost

June 2024

This month we uploaded 750 nest records courtesy of Kansas State Extension Master Naturalists.

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several people looking through binoculars at something out of frame, across a field near the ocean.

Our Host on the Coast

June 2024

NestWatch project leader Robyn Bailey recently visited Norman Bird Sanctuary, a NestWatch Chapter in Rhode Island.

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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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