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Master’s Student Shares Her Data

We are happy to report that NestWatch is permanently archiving Sara Harrod’s Master’s thesis data for future researchers to use. Sara recorded 187 nest records of central Texas species, such as Black-crested Titmouse, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Bewick’s Wren, and Eastern Bluebird, among others. Her research into the effects of vegetation “edges” and other landscape characteristics on the breeding biology of native cavity-nesting birds was supported by Texas State University. Way to go, Sara!

Increasingly, the scientific community is realizing that loss of data should no longer be a risk in the modern digital age. Therefore, archiving one’s data in a stable, public repository is becoming the standard for ensuring its longevity. All it takes is one hard drive failure for years of effort to disappear. If you have nesting data from a previous project, don’t let it become lost or obsolete! NestWatch will work with you to upload your nest records into our permanent, secure database, just as we did with Sara. Contact us to learn more about our bulk upload tool.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Cornell Lab of Ornithology