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Bird Habitats

The avian nest box monitoring network is located in northern New Mexico to investigate the health and condition of bird populations that nest in bird houses on the Pajarito plateau.
April 12, 2012
Avian nest box on LANL land

Boxes are placed in the open ponderosa pine forest of the canyons and piñon–juniper woodland on the Pajarito plateau mesas.


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The monitoring data are used in a population viability analysis that can determine the status of the population and potential impacts of contaminants.

Who nests in our network?

More than two dozen North American bird species prefer to nest in bird houses. At LANL, we provide nestboxes for the following native bird species:

  • Western bluebird (Sialia mexicana) - primary species
  • Ash-throated flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens)
  • Mountain chickadees
  • House finches
  • House wrens

The main objective of the avian nestbox monitoring network is to determine efficient and sensitive indicators of potential contaminant exposure and environmental stress on cavity-nesting birds.

The project has over 850 nest boxes placed on LANL land.

All adults and nestlings western bluebirds are banded and return band numbers are recorded.

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