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 Data Aid in Snake Study

January 2024

Our latest blog post explores a recent study on snake climbing behavior.

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five white goldfinch eggs in a nest made of downy plant materials, located in dense vegetation.

Data Resources for Analysts

January 2024

Looking to use our database? We’ve recently published a paper that helps explain how to use it!

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January 2024

Join us February 20 at 1pm ET, hosted by Wildlife Habitat Council.

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an adult grackle feeding a hungry, recently-fledged chick.

Grackles Galore

January 2024

Over 5,000 grackle nest records have been added to our database, thanks to Nest Quest Go!

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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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