Neighborhood Nestwatch

Neighborhood Nestwatch is a citizen science program that teaches residents about the migratory birds in their backyards, while collecting hard-to-get data about urbanization impacts on wildlife.

What makes Neighborhood Nestwatch so effective and scientifically robust is the face-to-face interaction between participants and Smithsonian scientists when we visit their backyards to band birds every spring.

Founded in 2000 by SMBC Director Peter Marra, Neighborhood Nestwatch has grown from 40 backyards around Washington, D.C. to hundreds of yards throughout the United States.


Sign up if you are interested in joining the Neighborhood Nestwatch program.



  • enter data online
  • view summaries
  • get banded bird list
  • download forms