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A New Way to Participate!

We’re excited to offer you a new way to participate that doesn’t involve finding nests outside, identifying mystery birds, or any scheduled time commitments. You can participate as often as you like without ever leaving your home. In fact, this new project is perfect for beginners who have never found a nest or who have limited options for monitoring nests outside.

Introducing Nest Quest Go!, our online crowdsourcing project for capturing historic nesting data. Did you know that generations of citizen scientists diligently collected nesting data on paper forms and submitted them to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology from 1965 until the early 2000s? These data were frequently used for decades, but their paper format is a serious barrier to their widespread use today. Nest Quest Go! is a project designed to bring them back to life, freely share them with the world, and preserve them for posterity.

Simply log on and create an account to start transcribing these historic records. We’re starting with the lovely golden Prothonotary Warblers, but we’ll be adding more species all the time. Sign up to receive regular project updates here, and join the Facebook group for participants for more contact with other questers. We hope you find it as addictive as we do!