|The Nests are Coming!|
|Written by Jackie Wolfinger|
|Friday, 19 April 2013 12:51|
It's that time of year again! The first Canada Goose eggs have been laid! Soon, other birds will be following suit!
Currently, we have one house for Purple Martins and 24 nest boxes for Eastern Bluebirds, Tree Swallows, and other native cavity nesting birds dotting the grounds. All of the boxes have been cleaned out and are ready for new nests. Over the last week or so, the songbirds have really started to choose a nest box and defend their choice from the other birds. That means that soon it will be time to start monitoring the houses!
Eastern Bluebird adding grass to her nest (Photo Credit: Jonathan Morgan)
Twice a week, Sanctuary volunteers walk the grounds and monitor the nest boxes to help the birds have successful nests. The first part of monitoring includes collecting data for the NestWatch program. All over the country, people just like you collect data on when the birds start nesting, how many eggs are laid, and how many hatchlings survive. This data can be used by scientists to learn how bird populations are changing over time.
Volunteer Annette checking one of the nest boxes
House Sparrow nest
Check out the following websites for more information on how you can monitor your own nest boxes!