American Kestrel Partnership : General Discussion

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Hi, I am new to the group and new to Kestrels.  I live on 3 acres outside of Ashland, OH with an open large backyard, lined with dead trees.  We have a chicken coop on the edge of the yard and yesterday I noticed the cutest bird on top.  After getting

I own 64 acres in SE Indiana that I moved from mainly hay fields to native warm season grasses about 10 years ago.  Around that time I put up Kestrel boxes but was unsuccessful in attracting a pair.  During the winter I would ususally get a female that

I am using the American Kestrel Nest Box Plan as designed by Art Gingert.

Hi All,  By now you all have received the news the AKP will not be hosting a live stream in 2019.This is unfortunate but leaves more funds for important reserch. We at Nu-Sun Cinema are continueing our HD LIVE STREAM of the Kestrels for the 6th year.

Hello everyone,

I recently saw a Cornell Lab video of a Kestrel box where the substrate at the bottom of the box was some sort of pebble mix instead of say wood shavings. Is this a better/worse substrate for the eggs or does it work against European Starlings better?

During our experimental boxes we also have discoverd that an oval hole is very feasible for the nestlings when they are near fledge.

On August 29th, 2018 Santa Clara County Park's (CA) Natural Resource Coordinator Kyle and I installed a pulley system on a Barn Owl nest box mounted on a 2" diameter metal pipe.

Hi - I really enjoyed reading the recent paper about the Kestrel Cam!   I hope that in spite of there being no little family this year there will be another Kestrel Cam season in 2019.  Can you still use our observations?