The Cornell Lab of Ornithology needs your help! They’re calling on all bird lovers to participate in NestWatch this spring. NestWatch is a citizen science program that helps scientists study and understand birds’ plight. Over the past 30 years, tree swallows, barn swallows violet-green swallows, purple martins and eastern Phoebes have dropped in number. They’re not sure why yet, but it could be because of declines in the insects they eat. While those birds need the most help, observations of any and all nesting birds are welcome. And participating in the program is free and easy. Just complete these four steps: 1. Become a certified NestWatch monitor using their online resources. 2. Find active nests to monitor. 3. Visit the nests you’ve found every 3 or 4 days and record what you see. 4. Report the data you’ve collected using their online entry tools. Get started now by visiting nestwatch.org.
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