Barn Owls in a California nestbox
I got my Cornell Lab of Ornithology Newsletter today and there were several features on their Citizen Science Programs (such as Project Feederwatch). A new one (new to me anyway) that I decided to check out, is their Birdhouse watch project. Participants put up a bird nest box in their yard and then monitor it, sending data and observations to the Lab for them to compile. This citizen science is used to monitor long-term wide-range trends in bird populations and has even been the basis of quite a few scientific publications.
The Nestbox project has a really fun component: Nestbox Cams! You can peer inside of nestboxes from all over the U.S. and watch as birds raise their chicks.
If you are interested in birds and/or want to participate in one of these fun projects, check it out!