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

Front page of the NestWatch Digest, featuring a Mountain Chickadee

Our Annual Report Is Here

May 2021

The NestWatch Digest for the 2020 breeding season is available now.

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screenshot example of the Your Data map on the NestWatch website, showing map updates.

Updates to Your Nest Map

May 2021

It’s now easier to view and edit your nest data.

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an adult Tree Swallow hovers in front of a fledgling, with food in its beak

Mass Data Upload

May 2021

Thanks goes to Mass Audubon’s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary!

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A Loggerhead Shrike on the ground, with a piece of orange yarn in its beak.

Providing Nest Materials for Birds

May 2021

Do’s and don’ts to keep in mind this spring.

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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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