Robin Ellison gave us warm, fuzzy feelings by sharing the story of a mother Mallard who made her nest in a busy hotel parking lot in Napa, California. After waiting anxiously for a month for the eggs to hatch, Robin was there to witness their fledge day and watched as the ducklings all made their way to the river (seeing to it that they had no interference). Robin told us, “I had thought so much about this duck family and hoped they would be okay. I’m so happy everyone made it to the river!”
We love this story because it demonstrates how each and every NestWatcher makes a difference in his or her own way, and that you really can NestWatch anywhere (even in a bustling hotel parking lot). Watch cute videos of the ducklings, and see other neat stories from NestWatchers like you in our participant photo gallery.
Whether you find a robin’s nest on a statue or a hummingbird’s nest on wind chimes, your picture, video, poem, or artwork about a bird nest in a funky place can win big in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Funky Nests in Funky Places contest. This contest is challenging everyone to get outside and observe nature even in the most unexpected places. Entries are invited from anywhere in the world. Prizes include binoculars, bird feeders, bird guides, posters, Bird Academy courses and more. Entry deadline is June 30.
Don’t have any funky nests yet? Stay tuned for Home Tweet Home, NestWatch’s own photo contest, starting July 1.
A new NestWatch app update is here! Update your app today from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. This new update features improved maps and location tagging, including the ability to work with cached maps in offline mode. New tap-to-answer workflow makes data entry faster, eliminating keyboard frustrations.
Note that you can turn on automatic updates to allow updates to install as they are available, rather than manually updating each time. And as always, we welcome your feedback for improvements for next time.
Our annual report, the NestWatch Digest: Nesting Season 2017, is finally here! With data summaries for each region, and the latest research updates, this look back at 2017 is an informative and interesting report written especially for our NestWatchers.
How many nests, eggs, and fledglings were reported for each region? Which region had the highest hatching success? Which species were widely successful, and which ones didn’t fare as well? All of this and more is covered in our new issue of the NestWatch Digest.