Birds that capture insects on the wing such as swallows and flycatchers are declining across northeastern North America. This group, called aerial insectivores, includes nighthawks and a variety of other birds.
NH Audubon, with funding from NH Fish & Game, is piloting the "Swallow Colony Registry" (Swallow CORE) to collect data from volunteers on the distribution and abundance of swallows in New Hampshire, focusing on the colonial species that are showing the steepest declines.
Although we have data on statewide population trends, we lack current information on the statewide distribution of breeding colonies in the state. We are collecting information on nest sites of four swallow species: Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Bank Swallow, and Purple Martin.
If you’d like to help, please see the Swallow CORE Volunteer Packet.
- An Overview of Swallow CORE (Background and why swallows are declining)
- Swallow Fact Sheets and Conservation Information
- Swallow CORE Volunteer Packet (Instructions and forms)
The following forms are in the Volunteer Packet. They are provided here in Word if you would like to fill them out on your computer. Please read the Volunteer Packet first for full instructions. Clicking either of the two Word document links below will automatically download the file to your computer (so quickly you may not notice).
- Swallow Colony Registry (Updated April 2012)
- Swallow CORE Newsletters