Since 1992, I have been involved in a long term monitoring project for the American Kestrel Nest Box Program with Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association. The summer of 2013 included the contribution of another year of baseline field work results and a number of ancillary projects, involving post fledgling studies. Since 1992, I have volunteered 1,390 hours of field work, driven 17,877 miles, and banded 1,292 kestrels with FWS bands. This project is for the conservation of and knowledge regarding this falcon residing in the farmlands and meadows within and surrounding Berks County. These results are published annually in the Kestrel Nest Box News by the Sanctuary, and distributed to supporters of this program. These falcons are currently declining in North America; our work has contributed data that resulted in a collaborative publication, in the Raptor Research Journal in 2009. Current projects include continued monitoring of the population each spring and summer: habitat studies, and post fledgling studies.
Spatial-temporal distribution of nest box usage and productivity for American Kestrels nesting in Eastern Pennsylvania, copresented at the 2012 North American Ornithological Council’s International Conference.
Nest box selection in Eastern Pennsylvanian American Kestrels (Falco sparverius): What constitutes an ideal next box habitat? Copresented at the Duluth, Minnesota’s 2011 Raptor Research Federation (RRF) Annual Conference
A Population Update of American Kestrels (Falco sparverius) in Eastern Pennsylvania (2006-2010): Trends in Nest Box Use and Productivity, copresented at the 2010 conference- Fort Collins, Colorado September 22-26, Raptor Research Federation Annual Meeting
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