Paula's Patch: A Minnesota Garden

Come wander in; my gate is always open! Gardening / Birding

Almost Time for NestWatch March 30, 2012

Cornell Lab of Ornithology is such a wealth of information. If there is something about birds you want to know more about, you can find it on their site or Facebook page.

I’m particularly enjoying the Citizen Science activities like FeederWatch and NestWatch. Since I already enjoy these activities, it’s not much effort to note and share important information about the habits, feeding and nesting activities of the birds in my area.

tree swallow at nestbox | paulas garden patch | paula bonelli

tree swallow roosting | paula bonelli

tree swallow fledglings | paulas garden patch | paula bonelli

tree swallow fledglings | paula bonelli

robins nest | paulas garden patch | paula bonelli

robin's nest

robin fledgling | paulas garden patch | paula bonelli

baby robin | paula bonelli

With Project FeederWatch counting down (last day to begin your last count is April 5), it’s time to prepare for nesting. It just takes a little bit of effort to become certified. If you have a yard that attracts nesting birds or there is an area nearby that you can watch nesting birds, take a moment to see if you qualify. There are a few guidelines and a short quiz to pass and you can be registered to be a nest monitor. I got my certificate!

cornell nestwatch certificate | paulas garden patch | paula bonelli

With Cornell’s Citizen Science Program, you can help their scientists by participating and submitting information in many areas of birding. If you don’t want to watch intently, you can casually observe birds in your area and submit the information to eBird, a collaboration of Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Audubon.

Take a minute and have a look around their site. The things I’ve mentioned here only scratches the surface of things you might like to help with. There’s much more like the Great Backyard Bird Count and Celebrate Urban Birds.

This is also a great time of year to check out Cornell’s nestcams. You can watch Owls, Great Blue Herons and Red-Tailed Hawks as they build nests, lay eggs and prepare their young to fledge.

Tell me what birds you like to watch in your backyard. They’re probably different than what I see!

Quick links to what I’ve referenced in this writing:


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