- Project Nighthawk Overview
- Project Nighthawk FAQ
- Common Nighthawk Information Sheet
- Gravel Patch Handbook – includes:
- How to Install a Gravel Nest Patch
- Sample Patch Photos
- Patch FAQs for building owners and managers
- Registration and Monitoring Forms
- Photo Gallery of Patches
- New Hampshire Bird Records article - Common Nighthawk Nests in 2011
- Project Nighthawk Summaries by Year
About the Project
In 2007 New Hampshire Audubon initiated Project Nighthawk to investigate the potential for restoring urban-nesting nighthawks by placing simple gravel "nest patches" on flat rooftops. Biologists chose to target Concord and Keene for testing nest patch design and success because they were the only two New Hampshire towns with nighthawks still remaining.
Project Nighthawk is a partnership. New Hampshire Audubon is leading the effort in Concord, placing patches and conducting a coordinated watch. Ashuelot Valley Environmental Observatory (AVEO) and Ken Klapper, a Master’s student in Conservation Biology at Antioch University New England, are spearheading the Keene effort. If results suggest that gravel nest patches are a promising strategy, New Hampshire Audubon plans to expand these efforts to other New Hampshire cities that once supported nesting nighthawks.
How can I help?
- Volunteer – help install a patch or monitor the birds.
- Install and monitor a gravel patch on your building using the Gravel Patch Handbook. Then
- Notify NH Audubon and become part of Project Nighthawk's patch study,
- Register your site by saving this MS Word form to your computer and filling it out or by printing this PDF form and filling it out, and
- Returning the form to Becky Suomala via
- e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or
- surface mail at New Hampshire Audubon, 84 Silk Farm Rd. Concord, NH 03301
- Donate - Please make a contribution to our research using the form on the Project Nighthawk Overview page or contacting one of the following.