Project NestWatch is a program aimed at getting people across Canada involved in collecting data on nesting birds. Data gathered through this project are used to follow the health of bird populations through long-term monitoring of nesting activity. The data also provide valuable information on changes in the environment, as birds are good indicators of the condition of the habitat they live in.
Step 1: Register for Project NestWatch (click here)
Step 2: Learn how to find and monitor nests using the resources provided on this site
Step 3: Search for nests around your home, school, cottage, or elsewhere
Step 4: Monitor your nest(s) throughout the breeding season
Step 5: Submit your data online and contribute to Canada's national nest records database!
Nest monitoring can provide extremely useful information on the health of bird populations, changes over time, and the impacts of human activities on birds. With data gathered through Project NestWatch, we can:
Everyone! All you need is an interest in birds, and the desire to monitor a nest (or several) throughout the breeding season.
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