Many people are concerned about the 2022 outbreak of avian influenza, or bird flu, that is affecting domestic poultry, waterfowl, raptors, and some shorebirds in the U.S. and Canada. Please read the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s statement on the current strain (H5N1) as it relates to bird feeders and nest boxes. Learn about what you should do if you find a sick or dead bird, plus get resources for people who maintain backyard flocks or rehabilitate wild birds.
Welcoming A New Chapter
Our newest NestWatch Chapter is based out of Middletown, Rhode Island. Welcome Norman Bird Sanctuary! The sanctuary has been putting up nest boxes for about 25 years and has used them as an educational tool for nearly as long. Coordinators R Franke and Jolie Colby are excited for the opportunity to expand their involvement in the scientific community by becoming an official NestWatch Chapter.
In case you missed the news last month, our yearly NestWatch Digest is now available! Our annual report is a review of the 2021 nesting data and includes research highlights, data summaries, and some of our favorite participant photos. We hope you enjoy reviewing our findings from the previous nesting season; you can download the report here.
You’ve heard of getting your omega-3s, but did you know that birds need them too? According to new research utilizing NestWatch data, insect-eating birds may struggle to get their omega-3s because of climate change and earlier hatching of aquatic insects. Read about how nutritional peaks (i.e., insect emergences) are changing in a new research summary on our blog.