As the nesting season winds down, birds work hard to complete their current reproduction cycle, and so do birders and nest monitors to provide them with a safe environment. All around North America nesting boxes are filled with eggs and chirping chicks — definitely a special time of the year!
This season, researchers at Hunter College and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology bring you the HOUSE SPARROW PROJECT. This project relies on citizen science methods to study parasitism and egg recognition in House Sparrows, and develop best practices for management in their non-native range.
Our participants team includes a wide range of nest monitors, from 'hardcore' to novice monitors, and those with few nest boxes as well as large trail monitors.
The public participation stage of the project will be over on August 18th, and results will be published on our Blog page during the following weeks. Any additional published materials will also be posted in the website. We hope all participants and people involved have enjoyed and learned much from this research experience!
We greatly enjoy working with you,
The House Sparrow Project Team
Photos Copyright (left to right): sialis.org, Marie Read, Marie Read, Alicia de la Colina.