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NestWatch Training

  • Saturday, April 6, 2024
    10 AM – 11:30 AM


NestWatch is a nationwide nest monitoring program led by Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology and supported by community members like yourself. Participating is fun, and anyone can do it – even young ones! This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to meaningful research and get an intimate window into Tree Swallow and Eastern Bluebird nesting, from incubation to fledging. This training will equip you with the knowledge and materials needed to participate. 

Note: ​​​​​​​Participation in this project requires visiting your assigned nestbox at least once a week to collect data over a period of about 6 weeks (a full nesting attempt). Nesting typically begins in late April and continues until early July. 

During the training, participants will be equipped with all the necessary materials (binoculars, clipboards, etc.), but please bring binoculars if you have them. ​​​​​​​

Difficulty: Easy (easy pace, moderate elevation gain)

What to Bring:  Please bring binoculars if you have them and a writing utensil. Also bring water, sturdy footwear, and layers. 

Location: Hollow Fields

Event Leader: Charlotte Hood


  • For questions reach out to Charlotte at chood@ 

  • For DAY-OF event issues (i.e. last minute cancellation or lost) please call the Community Events cell phone at (413) 717-1262. 

Cancellation Policy 

  • BNRC’s weather hotline (413-499-0596 > ext. 5) will be updated with event cancelation information by 5:00 pm the day before an event. 

Cancellation may occur if: 

  • Temperatures over 91 Degrees F due to potential for heat exhaustion 
  • Forecast for thunderstorms or steady rain 
  • Temperatures in the teens or below 
  • Unsafe driving conditions 

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Event Details

Title: NestWatch Training

Current attendees: 14 out of 15

Event date and time: 4/6/24 10:00 AM