To facilitate and promote consistency in data collection and the
interpretation of nest results, MWDI provides forms to establish
project site box profiles and to monitor & analyze results.
Please download Field Inspection and Nest Box Profile forms from the links below. These forms are provided in both Microsoft Excel and PDF formats and are set up to be printed at 11" x
8 1/2" (letter - landscape).
TheNest Box Profile Form spreadsheet provide a way to develop a
numbering sequence, by area and by the basic box facts:
The form also includes many other qualitative items such as
access issues (hip boots, chest wader, boat, ladder
requirements, tide issues - by box as needed, projected repair
scenario, predator issues, distance between boxes and other
things to watch for.
The box placement category "Visibly Isolated" is somewhat
subjective but it does provide an important piece of information
on which nest results often hinge. If a box is visibly isolated,
i.e. well hidden, it may relate to future nest dumping and/or
MWDI Field Inspection Forms Excel Worksheet includes an example
with explanatory notes, a blanks sheet showing summary results
desired, and a blank sheet with no summary data sections.
The Nest Box Field Inspection Form
and the Example of Nest Inspection
Detailed Analysis should be relatively
Note: For one-time or final nest inspections, certain
information is not needed. However, information about nest type
(Normal or Dump) and Nest Cover (None, Nest Material, Down) are
very important diagnostics to record as final and chronological
nest progress indicators.
For example, nest abandonment analysis is facilitated if nest
progression is known and the number of eggs left behind or how
they look when destroyed is described. Consider the following
We are routinely revising these forms to make them more
user-friendly and relevant. Hopefully, this will simplify your
own personalized forms development. If you have suggestions for
improvement or any questions regarding the use of the forms
or how to submit completed forms, please let me know via email: Cliff Brown at
580 Taylor Ave, Annapolis MD 21401