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

A fluffy yellow Mottled Owl fledgling perches in foliage

Repopulating Mottled Owls in Mexico

August 2023

Our latest blog post features conservation work on Mottled Owls, and our newest nest box plan!

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A screenshot of the NestWatch app home screen in spanish

Mobile App Now Available in Spanish

August 2023

¡La aplicación de NestWatch ya está disponible en español!

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two recently hatched willet chicks next to broken eggshells

New Study on Climate Change

August 2023

Does climate change affect shorebird nests? A new study looks at data spanning from 1852-1989.

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an adult sandhill crane sitting on a nest in tall grass, with two small colts

Cranes On The Plains

August 2023

We’ve added 544 Sandhill Crane and 9 endangered Whooping Crane nest records 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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