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

An adult Barn Swallow perches on a ledge with a beak full of mud.

Save a Spot for Barn Swallows

February 2023

Help reverse the declines of aerial insectivores by building a nest shelf!

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a nest box with a Tree Swallow perched on top and another in the entrance hole

New Chapter in Texas

February 2023

Welcome to Tarrant County NestWatch, located in Fort Worth, and headed by Kimberlie Sasan.

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a nest monitor takes a selfie with a child in the background as they walk a nest box trail.

Nature and Well-being

February 2023

A new study explored how enjoying nature close to home during the pandemic influenced general well-being.

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two white vulture eggs with dark markings in a ground nest of dirt and dead leaves

What’s Nesting Now?

February 2023

Reports are trickling in from the southern states and California, as well as Bermuda, Israel, and Brazil.

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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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