cALLING ALL WELD COUNTY RESIDENTS!
YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE TO AN EXCITING SCIENTIFIC STUDY!
DO YOU HAVE AN AMERICAN ROBIN NESTING IN YOUR YARD?
We are seeking help from the public in accessing nesting sites this field season (Spring 2020)
How can I help?
STEP 1: Report!
If you are a resident of Weld County, Colorado and you suspect that an American Robin is nesting or getting ready to nest in your yard, let us know!
Then what happens?
STEP 2: Monitoring
Decide if you would are comfortable with in-person monitoring or if you would like to monitor the nest yourself!
If you are comfortable with it, I will visit your yard once a week to monitor the nest. We will wear masks, stay a minimum of 6 feet away from others and not touch any unnecessary property. We want you to feel safe!
If you are not comfortable with weekly visits but want to contribute, you can monitor the nest from home yourself! When the nestlings are a certain age, we will arrange a safe day/time to come weigh them and give them USGS identifiers.
Keep scrolling to learn about our full data collection process including nest monitoring.
STEP 3: Banding the parents.
We have a federal and state banding permit that allows us to trap birds using a light-weight net. Once trapped, we give all of our birds a unique set of bracelets (bands) that will help us identify them in the future. This is also your chance to hold a bird!
This is optional for those who are not comfortable with in-person visits.
AE Nash Holding a male robin we trapped in her yard in 2019 (we named him Pavlov)
STEP 4:Song Recordings
We will record the songs of the male robins using a microphone and recorder. Now that we have identifying bands on the parents we know who is singing!
SPREAD THE WORD!
Let your neighbors and friends know about our project. We love interacting with the public and would love to engage with as many people as possible. Follow us on Twitter for updates throughout the season!
The data we collect at each of these sites will be used to compare the reproductive success of birds living in the city and outside of the city. We will measure noise, light, and landscape in the general areas of each nest to see if noise, light, or land cover affects American Robins.
In-Person Nest Monitoring
With your permission, we will monitor the nest throughout the season. Once the nestlings have hatched, we will attach identifying bands to each of them in hopes of seeing them in the future! This is by far the most fun part of the job! If you would like to participate click the button below and report a nest in your yard!
Thanks to all the volunteers (only some are shown here) from the 2019 Field Season!
Self Monitoring of Nests
You are welcome to monitor a nest near your home by downloading and completing the nest data sheet below. Once your nest has reached the "old nestlings" stage, we can arrange a date to safely visit and process the nestlings by taking some morphological measures and applying metal USGS bands in hopes of seeing them in the future! Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for general guidelines for nest monitoring!