This month, NestWatch unveiled a new free resource for educators of middle school students (grades 5-8). Thinking Outside The (Nest) Box includes a series of five activities leading youth through the steps of making a nest box for small songbirds, placing it in the appropriate habitat, and monitoring the birdhouse as a citizen scientist. Students get hands-on experience while learning about the life cycles of birds.
Download the digital booklet or request a copy by mail (both options are free). Be sure to share this with the educators in your life, and watch for a Spanish version to be released soon. Activities are suitable for in-school and after-school time and are aligned to NGSS and Common Core standards.
Fall is a time when we can clean and repair our nest boxes for the year, enter all our data, and put to bed another NestWatching season. You’ve done your bit for nesting birds, and we’re grateful for that.
As a way of saying “Thanks” to all NestWatchers, we’re making our scientifically accurate posters available at a special rate through the end of the year. For gifts of $50, you will receive all three of our NestWatch posters: Cavity-nesting Birds, Eggs of North American Birds, and Common Nesting Birds (eastern or western). This bundle value doesn’t come around often, so take advantage while it’s available. Keep them all, or share with your friends. Happy Fall!
Welcome to our newest NestWatch Chapter, the West Ridge Nature Preserve. Located in Chicago, Illinois, West Ridge Nature Preserve is a relatively new preserve (three years young!) that is growing its citizen science programming. The preserve’s birding docent Jeff Wade invites all Chicagoans to connect with birds and nature in this urban oasis. West Ridge is also registered as an eBird hotspot, so you can view a list of the birds recently seen there.
That’s a wrap on our 2018 invasive species survey. The survey closed on October 25, and we thank everyone who participated. We have notified the winner of the Zeiss binoculars. We plan to share the results of the study with NestWatchers as soon as possible after peer-reviewed publication, but please expect several months for the academic publishing process.