Big Plans for New Nestboxes

Winter is coming to an end in a few weeks, and spring is on its way. Nestbox monitoring season is about to begin!

My name is Hanika Cook, and I am the new nestbox project coordinator at the Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology. I started as an intern and then one of the field leaders for this project when I was a student, and now I’ll be coordinating all of the teams. While Evelien’s shoes are hard to fill after the amazing work she’s done, I’m excited to take on the challenge and start the field season.

New boxes in Davis Nestbox Network! Photos courtesy of Alison Ke. (Click to enlarge)

This year, we’ll also be adding on two new nestbox sites outside of Putah Creek. Bird Haven up in Glenn County will be monitored by Estefania Maravillas and her team, and the Davis Nestbox Network along the Covell greenbelt of Davis will be led by Alison Ke. Many new boxes have been put up in preparation for the breeding season. It will be interesting to see what kinds of birds use the boxes in these two very different areas. While birds may not take to new boxes at first, I have my fingers crossed that the new sites will have plenty of nests this year. This year we’re celebrating 20 years of the Putah Creek Nestbox Highway Project, so it seems fitting that it’s expanding.

I’ll be continuing this blog, so stay tuned for this year’s nestling news!


Hanika Cook with a White-breasted Nuthatch, 2017