Keep an eye on the birds

Grit Magazine
July/August 2007
Add to My MSN LLC

Content Tools

Related Content

The Secret Lives of My Winter Birds

Cindy enjoys exploring the secret life of birds in winter.

Wrens and hooligans just don’t mix

I've been battling with a Carolina wren trying to build a nest where she really didn't need to build...

Spiders of springtime

By observing spiders, we can see them as something more than pests. They have interesting life cycle...

Birdhouse Gourds

Grow a birdhouse in your garden! Plant easy to grow birdhouse gourds this year so you too can have t...

Did you know cavity-nesting birds in northern latitudes produce more fledglings when they nest in boxes facing east or northeast? Did you know a higher number of eggs fail to hatch in southern climes?

Interested birders have kept tabs on cavity-nesting birds and nest boxes for 10 years, reporting more than 70,000 nest records to The Birdhouse Network, a project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, New York. The records have helped expand knowledge of bluebirds, tree swallows, house wrens and other species that make their homes in trees and nest boxes.

Participants record where and when birds build nests, how many eggs they lay, and when the fledglings take their first flights, among other data. A special study, Personality Profiles, has participants placing harmless, novel objects near nests and observing the birds’ reactions. The goal of the study is to determine why some species do well in cities and around people, and why other species don’t.

People of all ages can join The Birdhouse Network.

“Without the data sent in by participants, we would not be able to track large-scale trends in the reproductive cycles of these birds,” project leader Tina Phillips says. “Whether they monitor one box or 100, our participants are so dedicated to the birds, and the data they provide us year after year is incredibly powerful.”

For more information on The Birdhouse Network, visit the Web site, , or call toll-free (800) 843-2473. 

Post a comment below.


Pay Now & Save 50% Off the Cover Price

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Live The Good Life with Grit!

For more than 125 years, Grit has helped its readers live more prosperously and happily while emphasizing the importance of community and a rural lifestyle tradition. In each bimonthly issue, Grit includes helpful articles, humorous and inspiring articles, captivating photos, gardening and cooking advice, do-it-yourself projects and the practical reader advice you would expect to find in America’s premier rural lifestyle magazine.

Get your guide to living outside the city limits delivered straight to your mailbox. Subscribe to Grit today!  Simply fill in your information below to receive 1 year (6 issues) of Grit for only $19.95!


At Grit, we have a tradition of respecting the land that sustains rural America. That’s why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing to Grit through our automatic renewal savings plan. By paying now with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of Grit for only $14.95 (USA only).

Or, Bill Me Later and send me one year of Grit for just $19.95!