This is a repository of documents provided by the American Kestrel Partnership.
Since the year 2004 I’ve used several variations of cameras to inspect the contents of large nest boxes that were not easily accessible without the use of a ladder.
Pole-mounted camera design for checking nest boxes. Design by Megan Shave (Michigan State University)
Thanks to our KestrelCam viewers, we have the largest dataset available for a single American Kestrel nest box. With more than 23,500 observations recorded from 2012 to 2016, the numbers are in.
Lots of folks have asked for flyers or handouts that you can distribute when you tell others about the American Kestrel Partnership.
While our old instructions were quite functional, we decided to get some updated blueprints that are nicer. All links are now re-directing to these.
Click the attached PDF file below for a complete Group Leader guide. You will learn how to create a group, add members, remove members, assign roles, and assign nest boxes to your team members!
Click the file below for the American Kestrel Partnership's guide to American Kestrel biology and monitoring! It contains everything any partner would need to get started in monitoring a kestrel nest box to help with the AKP's research.
Instructions for how to install and monitor kestrel nest boxes, and a data sheet which can be printed and carried in the field.
Plans, materials list and instructions for building an American Kestrel nest box.