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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Cornell Nest Box Network

Affiliation, if you are part of a national, statewide, or regional network (e.g., Izaak Walton League, Texas Watch):

Contact Information
Name:Colleen DeLong; Tracey Kast;
Pixie Senesac
Street:159 Sapsucker Woods Rd.
City: IthacaState: New York
Zip Code:14850-Phone: 607 254-2482
Email:CNBN@cornell.eduWeb site1:
Fax: 607 254-2415Web site2:

Does your program serve as an "umbrella" organization for smaller monitoring groups? Yes

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):700
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:31 Students Number:0

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $300000 Year monitoring began: 1997

Sources of funding or in-kind support
Federal Government State Government Local Government
X Foundations Businesses Memberships
X Donations Grass roots fundraising (events, solicitations, etc.)Other:participant fees

Does program have a written QA (quality assurance) plan?No Is it state-approved?No
EPA-approved? No

Does program have monitoring-related publications you are willing to share with, or sell to, other groups?Yes

Counties in which you monitor:

Program description:
The Cornell Nest Box Network (CNBN) is an educational research program and a partnership between citizen scientists throughout North America and Cornell University scientists. Participants monitor nest boxes and send data to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Data are analyzed and results shared with participants, conservation groups, and the scientific community. Current studies involve clutch size, nest-site selection, feathers used in nests, and calcium requirements of cavity-nesting birds.

Environments monitored:
Lake or Pond, Land, Wetland

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Rainfall, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, University scientists
Research Our program, Non-governmental community organizations, University scientists
Community organizing 
Screen for problems 
Establish baseline conditions 
Nonpoint source assessment 
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisions 
Watershed planning 
Plan restoration projects 
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) report 


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