[Tweeters] Call for Clark’s nutcracker nest sightings

Taza Schaming tazaschaming at gmail.com
Fri Jan 29 09:19:08 PST 2021

Hello all,

I'm seeking help in locating Clark’s nutcracker nests for my Nutcracker
Ecosystem Project and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Clark's Nutcracker/Whitebark Pine Ecosystem initiative. Nest sightings will
assist studies of the role of Clark’s nutcrackers in conifer ecosystems,
the effects of climate change on the birds and coniferous forests, and
educational efforts to elevate awareness.

Very few nutcracker nests have ever been documented, so any and all new
nest information is wonderfully helpful. Nests are made of twigs/sticks and
are ~8-12” wide, ~4-9” high, and 8-60’ off the ground, primarily in
conifers. Nests can be found in live or dead trees, and dense or open
stands of trees. Nest building tends to begin in late-February/early-March
(but may be earlier or later depending on the location and year), and
seeing nutcrackers carrying twigs for building is the most easily
observable sign of nesting. Nestlings should all have fledged by mid-June.

If you spot Clark’s nutcrackers nesting, please send GPS point and/or other
location information, such as tree species and height of nest in the tree,
as well as nest status (building, eggs, nestlings), date located, and any
other details to tazaschaming at gmail.com. I'd also love observations of
juveniles. Please let me know if you have any questions!

For more information and photos of nests, see
Thank you!

Taza Schaming, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative
256 Gulf Hill Rd.
Voorheesville, NY 12186
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