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September 2022 News

More Historical Data Uploaded

We’re picking up steam on uploading historical nest records from the Nest Quest Go! project. This month we uploaded data for seven new projects: Corvids, Woodpeckers, Buntings and Longspurs, Grosbeaks, Thrushes, Waxwings and Crossbills, and Mourning Doves. Together these collections add 19,231 nest records to the NestWatch database! We love preserving these past contributions for future scientific analyses. 

Do you have your own nesting data from bygone years? Small batches can be added through the website at any time. Large batches (>100 nests) can be uploaded in bulk to our database. Learn more about bulk uploading.

New California Chapter

Our newest NestWatch Chapter is Wintu Audubon Society, in Redding, California. Wintu Audubon Society currently maintains and monitors five bluebird nest box trails around Shasta County, and plans to recruit volunteers to monitor the existing trails as well as begin establishing new ones.

Coordinators Tricia Ford and Larry Jordan are looking forward to networking with other chapters, and note that they especially want to make a difference for the birds in their area given the numerous wildfires that the area has suffered in recent years. Welcome!

Teamwork For The Win

This month we were thrilled to upload 594 nest records of 15 species from California, collected in 2022. We thank nest monitors Lee Pauser, Kristen Vehling, Larry Sasscer, and Sandra Derby for compiling the data for NestWatch. Awesome teamwork!

Ants in Nest Boxes

NestWatchers occasionally encounter ants in birds’ nests. What, if anything, should be done about them? The answer depends on whether the ants are predatory or not. This month’s blog post combines science plus insights from other nest box monitors to give advice for keeping ants away from nest boxes. 

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Cornell Lab of Ornithology