American Spring Live

What is a citizen scientist?

Bird Cams Lab

Red-tailed Hawk, Did You Know?

  • They have an essential role in the local ecosystems by controlling the populations of small mammals.

More Fun Facts

Ever wonder what birds do when we are not watching them? Well, check out the Bird Cams Lab to see! This project allows viewers from around the world to make new discoveries through live streaming. In addition, there are archived cam footage so you do not miss a thing!

We invite you to help us with two activities.

  1. Watching feeder birds and being attentive to their certain behaviors on the Cornell Lab FeederWatch Cam. While observing the behaviors, develop ideas and questions for possible scientific investigations as a group. Also, online via Twitter in a virtual “Wonder” space.
  2. You can also observe how birds interact with one another at feeders. Participating in a Battling Birds activity can be done at the Cornell Lab FeederWatch Cam by watching archived video clips. Also,   take part in a new activity called Hawk Talk. In this activity, you can document how red-tailed hawks behave and vocalize.

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National Citizen Scientist Partners

NET is coordinating with community organizations in order to provide science based activities and training sessions. We look forward to encouraging citizen science participation during the broadcast and beyond.

In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of the public, NET and its partners are not promoting in-person citizen science events or trainings at this time. However, we still encourage you to find ways to participate from your own backyard!

Nebraska Citizen Science Activities and Resources

Nature Activities for Students:

Videos and activities to help students in PreK-12 grade learn about science, math, and even art by exploring nature.


Nebraska Stories: The Sound of Spring

For Doreen Pfost, the Platte River is a place for respite, escape, and a source of inspiration. She documented her experiences in a book and shares her reflections about the annual sandhill crane spring migration in this story.


Nature is a production of THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET and PBS. American Spring LIVE is a production of Berman Productions, Inc. and THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET.

Major support for Nature: American Spring LIVE was provided by the National Science Foundation and Anne Ray Foundation.

Additional financial support was provided by the Arnhold Family in memory of Henry and Clarisse Arnhold, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, the Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust, Kathy Chiao and Ken Hao, the Anderson Family Fund, the Filomen M. D’Agostino Foundation, Rosalind P. Walter, the Halmi Family in memory of Robert Halmi, Sr., Sandra Atlas Bass, Doris R. and Robert J. Thomas, Charles Rosenblum, by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and by the nation’s public television stations.