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February 2021 News

What to Expect When You’re Expecting

NestWatcher Loyd Marshall kindly shared with us a helpful photo collage that shows the growth progression of Prothonotary Warbler nestlings. If you have nest boxes installed for this species, feel free to check it out and save the image to your computer to help with your nest monitoring. Thank you, Loyd, for sharing with us!

Welcome Two New NestWatch Chapters

This month we welcome two new NestWatch Chapters into the fold. Brukner Nature Center is located in Troy, Ohio, and is coordinated by Deb Oexmann. They are excited to continue offering workshops, educational opportunities, and resources for community members interested in citizen science.

Also joining us is Severson Dells Nature Center (Rockford, IL), coordinated by Andrea Wallace Noble. Andrea helps manage a network of 180 nest boxes with the aid of several volunteers, and is hoping to share their data more broadly with the research community.

If you’re interested in helping a local NestWatch Chapter, look for one near you on our Chapters map.

Updates to Our Nest Box Pages

We have expanded our Right Bird, Right House tool to include more information on birds in decline in Canada. The tool can now be used to search for nest box (and nest structure) plans for birds that are declining in any of the Canadian provinces. Additionally, data used for regions of decline in both the United States and Canada have been updated with more recent trend estimates. With this update, 28 species had a change in status from “not declining” to “declining” for at least one region in which their status could be estimated. Three species had a change in status from “declining” to “not declining” in at least one region. The new maps and updated information can be viewed by browsing Right Bird, Right House.

Join Us In a Live Virtual Event!

On Tuesday, March 2 at 12 p.m. ET, you’re invited to join in conversation with NestWatch Project Leader Robyn Bailey and Project Assistant Holly Grant as they share tips and tricks for identifying common backyard nests and eggs. We’ll discuss how to safely monitor nests, and reveal which features make for a good birdhouse. You’ll discover how you can turn your observations of nesting birds into scientific data with NestWatch. Register here for “Get to Know Your Backyard Birds: Nest and Egg ID with NestWatch.” For those unable to attend, the webinar will be recorded and available here the next day (no login necessary). 

Insider tip: there will be a giveaway for 10 lucky attendees of the webinar!

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Cornell Lab of Ornithology