Neighborhood Nestwatch Atlanta

Did you know? Your backyard is not only a habitat for birds—it’s an important part of a larger ecosystem that supports a variety of animal and plant life.

Be a citizen scientist and help track and protect local bird populations with the new program, Neighborhood Nestwatch.

You can help scientists answer important questions about the impacts of urbanization on birds by volunteering your backyard as a study site. This is a unique opportunity to be a biologist in your own backyard as you learn about birds and help scientists solve critical questions regarding the survival of backyard bird populations.

Registered participants receive a mentored experience in which scientists visit your yard to band birds and help you find nests. Participants will also learn how to keep track of your banded birds, collect nesting data, and monitor year-to-year activity. 

Fernbank Museum is now recruiting the first set of 50 households to begin the program in summer 2014. We are seeking households within a 50-mile radius of the Museum, with a mix of urban, suburban and exurban/rural backyards.  Sites need to be ½ mile apart, so neighboring households are encouraged to join together at one site and share in the data collection.

If you are interested in participating, please provide following information.*









We will select and notify participating households beginning in early May.

Fernbank Museum is proud to be the Atlanta host site for this signature program from the Smithsonian Institution.
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