Best to install AMKE boxes within two or three weeks, or wait until late fall?

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mbowman
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Best to install AMKE boxes within two or three weeks, or wait until late fall?

We planned a pilot (small, initial) box monitoring program very late last fall.  So far, we recruited some partners, built seven boxes, installed and registered two, and have chosen locations for three others.  They are not yet installed and we may not achieve installation until about two weeks from now.  If we can install by the last half of March, should we do so, or should we wait until the preferred Oct to Jan interval?  We are in a rural area near Iowa City, Iowa. 

matthewdanihel
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We don't believe there's any harm in installing nest boxes outside of the October to January window, so you can feel free to install your new boxes whenever they're ready. We recommend boxes be installed during this interval because after January, there's a much slimmer chance of attracting kestrels to the box that season.

Matthew
AKP Staff

mbowman
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Many thanks, Matthew!