Nest Description and Monitoring

The goal of describing swallow nest characteristics and monitoring nesting activity is to collect data on nest site selection and breeding success of swallows to further our understanding of the factors that lead to swallows breeding in particular locations and to track the timing and productivity of breeding activities.

Methods and field data sheets for describing and monitoring nests are included below.

Data entry can be completed online or through the Excel spreadsheets found below. Using the Excel spreadsheets permits the entry of data on the description of multiple nests at one site or monitoring results for one nest overtime in one file on separate rows.

Cliff Swallow Nests © Greg Ferguson

Cliff Swallow Nests © Greg Ferguson

Barn Swallow Constructing Nest © Corey Cartwright

Barn Swallow Constructing Nest © Corey Cartwright

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