NestWatch Program Mid-Season Summary
Thank you to all the volunteers who have made data collection possible this season for the NestWatch Community Science Program. The NestWatch program is a volunteer-based project focused on collecting breeding bird data for nest-box nesting bird species. Through this volunteer program, over 170 nest boxes were monitored this year at 6 of the South East sanctuaries. Our most recent data can confirm over 545 eggs have been laid in our nest boxes, with roughly 44% having hatched so far. Volunteers and environmental trainees have committed over 150 hours towards this collecting valuable data. Mass Audubon can analyze this population data to monitor the continued impacts of climate change on resident and migratory birds like the Tree Swallow, House Wren, Black-capped Chickadee, and Eastern Bluebird.