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AKP Quarterly: Summer/Fall 2018
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American Kestrel Partnership Quarterly: Summer/Fall 2018

Don't forget to enter your data!

Uncounted Kestrel Boxes: The maps below show nest locations that were monitored in 2018 (in GREEN, on left) and that were monitored in 2017 but not in 2018 (in YELLOW, on right). Thank you for your efforts. Please enter your data and turn those yellow pins green! 
As the breeding season has come to an end, this is a reminder to partners with boxes to enter you data! Make sure YOUR KESTRELS ARE COUNTED as we will soon begin looking at the numbers to see what the data tell us about American Kestrels across the range. Log-in to enter data: kestrel.peregrinefund.org 

We know you want to help kestrels. As you think about next Spring, please plan to monitor your boxes and submit your data. Our research shows that the best way to HELP kestrels isn't in merely putting up a nest box. Rather MONITORING and ENTERING YOUR DATA is the best way to help kestrels. In doing so, you'll be contributing to a continental effort to understand why kestrels are declining. 
 
Too much data to enter?
Not fond of computer work?
Website too complicated?
Email kestrelpartnership@peregrinefund.org. We will accept your completed data sheets and our student interns will enter the data for you!

Breaking Research

We are happy to announce that we published an article in Global Ecology and Conservation where we analyzed 6 years of data collected by citizen scientists watching the KestrelCam. Our findings suggest that wildlife webcams could be fantastic avenues for other organizations to engage citizen scientists in data collection. 

Thank you to everyone who has watched, sponsored, or contributed data to the KestrelCam: Special thanks to our KestrelCam sponsors: Bosch Security Systems, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Boise State University's Intermountain Bird Observatory, Boise Convention and Visitor's Bureau, Don and Carol McCartney, and Lynn Fraze. 

Read the full article here: Webcams as an untapped opportunity to conduct citizen science: Six years of the American Kestrel Partnership's KestrelCam.  
Read the full article

Full-Cycle Phenology Update

To untangle the environmental and genetic factors affecting American Kestrel phenology (the timing of life cycle events), we monitored American Kestrel presence and breeding activity in nest boxes across the United States, encompassing a wide geographic area where vastly different environmental conditions and genetically distinct sub-populations likely occur. We used a combination of in-person visits and remote monitoring using trail cameras in nest boxes to capture time lapse images of nest contents. 
Read more about the Full Cycle Phenology Project
In the 2018 breeding season, Department of Defense (DoD) partners and BSU biologists monitored 246 nest boxes across 12 Department of Defense (DoD) sites. At the >40 nest boxes occupied by American Kestrels across eight DoD sites, we collected timing information such as: the date kestrels arrived in nestboxes, when they laid eggs, when eggs hatched, and when nestlings fledged out of the nest box. Additionally, our BSU crew banded, measured, and took samples from >50 American Kestrels on the breeding grounds across six DoD sites (Fort Wainwright, AK; White Sands Missile Range, NM; Camp Pendleton, CA; Yakima Training Center, WA; Fort Bragg, NC; and Fort Riley, KS), while DoD biologists at Lucky Peak, Idaho and Dugway Proving Ground, Utah independently captured and sampled an additional >20 kestrels. These samples will be used to help build the American Kestrel Genoscape, and to determine which individuals remained on the breeding grounds during the winter season (residents), and which individuals ventured south (migrants).  

AKP on the Radar

In a recent National Audubon Society article, Kenn Kaufman, ornithologist and author of several popular bird guides (and illustrator of the image above), explains the science behind why female kestrels are thought to get the prime wintering habitats. In it, he gives a nod to the American Kestrel Partnership!

The article looks into why female kestrels outnumber the males when it comes to hunting territories during the winter. Kaufman mentions several studies and goes into detail as to why male kestrels give up prime wintering territories so that they can take care of the female and their nestlings.
Being a Good American Kestrel Dad Comes at a Cost

Adopt and Shop to Help Kestrels

Adopt-A-Box 
Love or want to help kestrels but don't have and monitor kestrel boxes? 
 
Please consider participating with the American Kestrel Partnership through our Adopt-A-Box program: You can be a tremendous help to kestrels by Adopting (or Re-Adopting) a box. Your $100 adoption will pay for maintenance and monitoring of one of the longest running kestrel box programs in the nation as well as support the American Kestrel Partnership's continent wide coordination efforts. Help us reach our goal of 100 adoptions to support our work in 2019 - Adopt-A-Box today! 

A special thank you to our 2018 Adopt-A-Box participants.
 
Adopt-A-Box
Shop: No more time limits!
We've had so many requests to bring the 2016 AKP fundraiser T-shirt back, that we did just that. Order yours anytime from the AKP Shop page. 
AKP Online Store
Many thanks and keep on kestreling!

Cheers,
AKP Staff and Student Interns
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