Project Nest Box Program for Schools
The Project Nest Box program provides everything needed to get students interacting with nature.
Easy-to-Follow Assembly Instructions
Detailed assembly instructions are available online for download. The step-by-step instructions are created by CleanRiver®’s Graphics and Design Department, and include color photographs of the various components to aid students with the assembly.
Monitoring the Nest Boxes
The essential element of Project Nest Box is the actual monitoring of the nest boxes. Bi-weekly, from April through July, students monitor each nest box by simply unlocking the box and opening the hinged door. The students have a quick peek inside to observe the activity and changes that have occurred within the boxes from one visit to the next.
Using specific forms produced by Bird Studies Canada, the students collect scientific data. The collected data is then submitted online to Bird Studies Canada’s national nest watch program, Project NestWatch. Data is then shared and combined with provincial nest records schemes, providing a collective picture of the health of bird populations across Canada. As birds are a bio-indicator of environmental health, these records provide vital data for scientific study.
Graphics Aid in Accurate Species Identification
To aid students with correct species identification to ensure accurate statistics, CleanRiver® has designed a full-color poster, which is donated to each participating school for use in the classroom. The poster depicts the species of birds likely to nest in the boxes and illustrates the unique differences between the adults, nests, and eggs of each species.
Project Nest Box Supports Multiple Curriculum Guidelines
Project Nest Box supports many curriculum guidelines in the areas of science (biology, ecosystems), math (probability, graphing), geography (plotting accurate nest box locations, mapping results), and language arts (learning new terminology, reading and writing about birds), to name but a few.
With this in mind, CleanRiver® has also produced the Project Nest Box – School Nest Watch Program Guide. This guide contains all of the instructions necessary to aid teachers with site selection for the boxes, proper monitoring information, code of conduct while nest monitoring, details regarding the species likely to nest in the boxes, the history of Project Nest Box, as well as useful links and information to further their education program.
The guides are available for both Eastern and Western locations and are available in both English and French.
For more information on Project Nest Box - School Nest Watch Program, please contact Sheri Rilett at (905) 717-4982 (toll-free 888-646-4246).