We hope everyone is enjoying 2014 so far. The American Kestrel Partnership (AKP) is made possible by you, our partners, so we want to remind you to get your boxes ready for spring, share some news, and bring you up to date on what has been accomplished.
Get ready for spring!
The next kestrel breeding season will be here before we know it. If you haven’t already, make sure that your boxes are ready for spring! We recommend that you repair any damage that might have happened over the winter, clean out the box and replace the bedding from last breeding season.
Winter can be tough for wild animals and kestrels are no exception. Sometimes kestrels will seek refuge in nest boxes during winter. Despite the extra shelter provided by the box, animals might still die due to freezing, starvation, or other causes. If you discover a kestrel that died in your nest box during the winter—or anytime, for that matter—please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org! In your email, please include the ID of the box in which the bird was found, the date you found the bird, and any other information you think might be useful. Information regarding numbers and locations of kestrels found dead will give us a better idea of the use of boxes during the non-breeding season.
A complete re-design of the AKP website, currently in the works, will improve usability and make it easier to find what you need. We are upgrading the data entry tools so all partners can view their data and correct errors. This redesign will enable you to get automatic feedback on the impact your data submissions are having. We will announce when these upgrades go live. Stay tuned!
Meet the new director
We welcome Chris McClure as the new director of the American Kestrel Partnership. Chris earned a doctorate from Auburn University and recently finished his postdoctoral research at Boise State University. While new to this position, Chris is not new to The Peregrine Fund, having worked with the Aplomado Falcon Restoration project as a hack site attendant after graduating from college. It was during that summer that he decided he wanted to be a professional ecologist. Read more here and visit his webpage. http://chrimcc.wix.com/cjwm
We're still growing!
The American Kestrel Partnership grew by almost 300 partners and over 500 new boxes last year! We’ve made maps showing some of the data collected in 2013. Although we are just a few years into this project, the data you’ve collected already provide some insight into what lies ahead for the partnership.
We would like to congratulate everyone on the progress so far, and we look forward to continued growth ahead. This project is not possible without you—both citizen and professional scientists alike. Thank you!
Keep on kestreling!
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