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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Larry Walkinshaw stands in the marsh holding a young Sandhill Crane while its parents look from afar.

Larry Walkinshaw, “Father of Cranes”

August 2020

Read about the fascinating life of dentist, naturalist, and nest-record card contributor, Larry Walkinshaw.

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Adult Tree Swallow feeds its nestling at the entrance of a nest box

Major Tree Swallow Data Upload

August 2020

This month we are thrilled to upload 7,879 nest records!

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Southern Flying Squirrel perched at a nest box entrance hole

Flying Fluorescent Furball

August 2020

What a surprise! Half of the fun of NestWatching is seeing all kinds of nature up close.

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Rose-breasted Grosbeak perched on a branch

Grosbeaks and Raptors

August 2020

Explore the nests of raptors and grosbeaks, in the two projects that are currently active on 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).

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Cornell Lab of Ornithology