AKP Quarterly: Spring 2018
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American Kestrel Partnership Quarterly: Spring 2018

Breeding Season Is Just Around the Corner

We're getting reports from all over that male kestrels are staking out boxes and females are starting to show interest! Here in Boise, ID, we've got a pair that's begun courtship at our own KestrelCam box! If you are planning to or are interested in installing and monitoring nest boxes, check out our new page: a one-stop shop complete with box plans, monitoring protocols, data entry sheets, and a nestling aging guide. Check it out here.
Nest Box: Installation and Monitoring
We welcome genetic samples collected from nestlings or adults between 1 April – 15 August from all over the North American breeding range of the American Kestrel, but there are some areas from which we urgently need samples! 

If you are properly permitted to handle and collect feathers from kestrels, please get involved with this large collaborative project. 
Learn More or Provide Samples
Data Entry for Multiple Boxes
There is a new data entry sheet available on the AKP website for those who have multiple nest boxes! It is set up so that you only have to take one paper out into the field, as opposed to one page for each individual nest box.
Monitoring and Data Sheet
2018 KestrelCam Season
Keep an eye out for the seventh season of the Kestrel nesting season! We are all excited to watch another pair of kestrels this year. The live streaming usually begins in March and ends in May, so as soon as nesting behavior begins, the KestrelCam will be up and running. For now, check out the AKP website, read some of the discussion boards, and follow us on social media to get the latest updates.
Bosch KestrelCam

Full Cycle Phenology Update

Because the geographic range of this species is so vast, individuals living in different areas (e.g. Alaska vs. Florida) face different environmental conditions and may even be genetically distinct! These differences can affect timing of breeding and migration. For example, kestrels in Alaska will breed later and will migrate south in the fall, whereas kestrels in Florida will breed earlier and remain Florida residents over winter. With changing climate, timing of breeding and migration may be shifting, and the magnitude of this shift may vary for birds in different areas!
Read more about the Full Cycle Phenology project

In Fall 2017, the Full Cycle Phenology team, lead by Dr. Julie Heath of Boise State University, posted 200 nest boxes within Department of Defense installations in 10 states, in addition to two states which had pre-existing nest box programs. And with that we wait…. to see if kestrels across the U.S. take to their new homes, and become part of a large-scale, full-annual study of their species.

Spring 2018 GRIN-terns

Meet the Spring 2018 interns from the College of Western Idaho and Boise State University! We are excited for them to share their passion and talents with the Peregrine Fund's American Kestrel Project.
Left to Right: Michael Freyman, Zoe Ambrose, Benjamin Wright, and Kevin Luke. Not Pictured: Brittany Roberts and Tala Davis
Learn More About the Interns and Staff
Website Additions
Interns and staff have been hard at work adding several helpful pages to the AKP website. You should take a look around! Some of our favorites: 
Also, new security requirements have been activated on

If you are a partner with us and have logged in automatically with a stored username and password in the past, you may be required to sign back in. Please contact us via email if you experience any issues!
AKP Website
Partner Spotlight: Mark Manske
Mark Manske, the owner of Adirondack Raptors, is based in New York where he monitors over 175 nest boxes. There are plans to erect an additional 30 boxes in New Hampshire which will be monitored by a former student. Mark worked as a gabboon for Dr. Francis Hamerstrom in the 1980s and was inspired to research kestrels and their decline. Mark's favorite thing about kestrels is that "they are fearless. I have been hit in the scalp several times throughout the years by these amazing creatures." You can learn more about the research that Mark and team are doing on his website.
Adirondack Raptors

Give the Gift of Conservation

Don't know what to get for Mother's or Father's Day? Adopt a Kestrel nest box! Boise State University students maintain and collect data from nest boxes across the Treasure Valley and designate one just for you or a loved one. It is the gift that keeps on going!

Adopt-A-Box to receive an adoption certificate and breeding season updates (like the ones pictured) on your adopted kestrel nest box. Each adoption also comes with a birds of prey calendar and all of the other perks of a one-year membership to The Peregrine Fund. This is a great gift for your conservation-minded loved ones!

Do you have box monitoring data from before AKP began in 2012?
We want to make long-term datasets collected from across North America useful to the conservation science community in perpetuity. If you have data on breeding kestrels that are not in the AKP database, we want to work with you! If you send us your data, we will have interns work with you to re-format it to be compatible with the AKP database. Once uniformly formatted, long-term data can be analyzed to determine to trends across a continental scale. Please email to start the conversation about getting your long-term data into the AKP database.
Many thanks for your partnership! Follow us on social media to get the latest updates on kestrel research and conservation!
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