Short Description

A citizen science project focused on nesting birds! It teaches people how to monitor nests & collect data used to track breeding birds.


Citizen Science, as practiced at Cornell Lab of Ornithology, involves the public in gathering important data to track changes in wild bird populations at the continental or even global scale. Our newest project, NestWatch, www.nestwatch.org teaches people how to effectively monitor bird nests and submit their nest records online. Our participants are people of all ages who care about the natural world. They range from families with children to retired adults and professional biologists who monitor nesting birds in backyards, parks, green spaces and public lands. Participants make visits to individual nests during the spring and summer and collect information on the location, habitat, species, number of eggs, and number of young in the nest. NestWatch is free to join and all observations are submitted online where they can be easily downloaded using our new data-out tools. The state-of-the-art Google map tools allow users to also view and query trail summaries from other nest monitors.

Contact Information


(607) 254-2482

Mailing Address

  • 159 Sapsucker Woods Road
  • Ithaca, NY 14850

Program Details


  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


  • Department of Ornithology
  • Department of Natural Resources


  • Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Information For

  • Schools and Educators
  • Grades 6-8
  • Grades 9-12
  • Grades 6-8
  • Grades 9-12
  • Beyond high school
  • Families, Parents and Caretakers
  • General Public


  • Youth Development
  • Neighborhood Planning
  • Recreation
  • Teacher Research Opportunities
  • Student Participation in Research
  • Biology
  • Living Environment
  • Citizenship & Civics
  • Grades 6-8
  • Grades 9-12
  • Online Activites
  • Natural Resources

Types of Programs

  • Public Participation in Research: Citizen Science
  • Community Service and Volunteerism

Service Area

  • International Locations
  • New York State-All
  • Other US Locations

Service Providers

  • Undergraduate students
  • Staff

Fee Structure

This program does not have a fee.

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