Cornell lab seeking bird nest watchers

Turkey vultures


As birds wing their way north from their wintering grounds, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is recruiting volunteers for its annual NestWatch citizen science project.

Participants map any nest or birdhouse location on the NestWatchwebsite. Then they report the species of nesting bird, when eggs are laid, how many hatch, and how many fledglings leave the nest.

Sometimes NestWatchers see something that surprises scientists. Last year, participant Gerald Clark reported twin bluebirds hatching from one egg. NestWatch leaders say it was so unusual it was written up in a scientific journal.

This spring, researchers are asking NestWatchers to be on the look-out for nesting Eurasian collared doves. The non-native species has rapidly colonized most of North America but little is known about its breeding habits.

While not exactly bird nest watchers, residents of Lewiston have been sending WIVB ReportIt pictures of turkey vultures who seem to be swarming homes in the Lewiston area. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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