Do you enjoy watching Bluebirds? With spring right around the corner, Nest Watch is a great way to support them and other nesting birds. It’s a nationwide monitoring program designed to track status and trends in the reproductive biology of birds, including when nesting occurs, number of eggs laid, how many eggs hatch, and how many hatchlings survive. The database is intended to be used to study the current condition of breeding bird populations and how they may be changing over time as a result of climate change, habitat degradation and loss, expansion of urban areas, and the introduction of non-native plants and animals. While a knowledge of birds is required, there are resources on the website to help with identification of both birds and their eggs. This program provides a code of conduct, a nesting monitor manual, and protocols. Visit here for more information.
This is a great time to get involved and informed, before Spring hits. To get started, you will need to take an easy online quiz to become certified. Once you’re approved, you are then free to begin monitoring nesting boxes or even looking for nests, recording the data, and submitting your findings online. Be sure to check with your local Bird Towns to see if they are already doing this and consider joining their efforts.