Help contribute data to bird conservation by participating in the community science projects listed here.
Breeding Bird Survey
Every June, dedicated volunteers, skilled in avian identification, collect bird data along roadside survey routes for this long-term monitoring program. This data informs biologists of significant changes in bird population levels. Data from these surveys has been instrumental in research and conservation management for declining species, such as grassland birds.
Christmas Bird Count
From December 14 to January 5 every year, birders of all skill-levels help with this longest running community science effort. Biologists use the data collected from this survey to assess the health of bird population and guide conservation efforts, including assessments of bird populations here in Nebraska.
Volunteers count several target species each winter and late spring. Volunteers just need to be able to identify bluebirds, nuthatches, and goldfinches to be ready to help with Climate Watch Surveys. The data collected from these surveys helps scientists understand how birds are responding to a changing climate.
Great Backyard Bird Count
Every February for four days, people from all over the world record all the birds they can observe from their own backyards or favorite birding locations. This data helps scientists understand global bird populations prior to their annual migration.
There are several projects on this website that track a variety of birds and other animal migrations north. People can submit their first of the year observations for hummingbirds, orioles, Barn Swallows, and other birds, to contribute data to each species migration maps.
Anyone can participate in this monitoring program that tracks the reproductive biology of birds from eggs laid to hatchling survival. Observations contribute to this growing database and knowledge about nesting birds.
Project Feeder Watch
From the comfort of home, participants can count, track, and record online the birds that visit their backyard from November to April. Scientists can use this data to track winter ranges and abundances of bird species over time.