Tree Swallows are common in Clare during the summer although in general, insectivore birds have been facing widespread declines (Nebel, 2010). We can learn a lot about birds by studying their nests in nest boxes.
This project has two main objectives:
First: Increase the number of used nest boxes in our area
Second: Learn about our local bird species in Clare
We contribute data to Bird Studies Canada Nest Watch program. Nest Watch is a Canada wide program that studies trends in bird reproduction. Our goal is to set up a nest-box monitoring program for Tree Swallows in Clare but we’re interested in other species as well.
How to participate
This project has three participation categories.
Nest box building and set up: Different species of birds need different sizes of nest boxes. We’ll work with you to find ideal buidling dimensions for different species.
Offering an appropriate place for a nest box: Let us know if you’d like to help and think you might have an appropriate place for a nest box. We’d like to set them up all across Clare to study regional differences and our nest boxes are free if you participate in our project. If you can’t study the nest boxes, we can organize someone from the study list to help.
Study of nest boxes: Anyone can participate and get some hands on experience in ecology. Help us by studying one or multiple nestboxes in Clare.