Monday, April 04, 2005

Join The Neighborhood Nestwatch

Every spring, birds breed in our backyard. Some of these birds have survived the winter here while others have made the difficult trek from the tropics and the southern United States.

Team up with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and gather data by peeking into the backyard love lives of your neighborhood birds. Follow a their lifestyles as they build nests, lay eggs, and raise their chicks and maybe even return each Spring.

Eight species of birds are monitored by Neighborhood Nestwatch:

· Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
· American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
· Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottis)
· House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)
· Gray Catbird (Dumatella carolinensis)
· Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
· Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
· Carolina Chickadee (Parus carolinensis)

Have you seen any of them in your backyard?

Rock Creek Park, a sort of backyard for the District, has been a part of the Nestwatch in the past. The data collected is available in the Smithsonian website here.

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