American Kestrel Research Fund

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KESTRELS NEED OUR HELP!

The American Kestrel, the U.S.'s smallest and most colorful falcon, is declining throughout North America. American Kestrels are not only beautiful, but are beneficial to humans through their consumption of insects and small rodents.



WHY WE'RE FUNDRAISING

Our team of expert scientists and supporters is trying to crack the mystery as to why we're losing these little raptors. This issue is so concerning that numerous groups have teamed up to solve this problem. Partners include The Peregrine Fund's American Kestrel Partnership, Boise State University, HawkWatch International, UCLA's Center for Tropical Research, First Solar, and Wild Lens.

Learn more from geneticist, Dr. Kristen Ruegg, about the research project and how genetic analysis may hold the key to saving Kestrels!

Learn more from American Kestrel Partnership Director, Dr. Chris McClure, about the research project and how his work is helping to solve the Kestrel decline mystery!

HOW THE RESEARCH WORKS

Our research team has been studying American Kestrel populations with the help of nest-box monitoring Citizen Scientists for years. While we don't know exactly why these birds are declining, we have discovered that they are much more migratory than previously believed. This project will enable us to gain a better understanding of where the birds are migrating and what threats they may encounter along their migration routes. 

The method we are using to identify populations of migratory birds at finer spatial scales than previously possible comes from a new genetic techinique developed by Dr. Ruegg and her colleagues.

This technique uses a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) based method. Essentially this method allows researchers to collect genetic material from a feather of a bird being monitored at a nesting or banding site. That material allows Dr. Ruegg to create a map where she can identify where birds are when they grow that feather. 

By developing this connectivity map, our team will be able to identify the wintering grounds and migratory routes of declining breeding populations, test hypotheses about population change, and assess the impacts of climate change on the effectiveness of migration counts as a tool for monitoring raptor populations. 

YOU CAN DO SOMETHING BIG FOR OUR LITTLEST FALCON!

We need your help. We need to raise $40,000 to fund the research that will uncover information that will help answer the mystery.

We can't stop American Kestrel declines until we have an answer for why it's happening.

Please help us today! Your gift - no matter the size - will help to save a species! 

You can also help by sharing our campaign and encouraging your friends and families to join the effort!


View the press release  on the American Kestrel Research Project.

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We're flying high after a wonderful campaign to fund American Kestrel research to stop the decline of these fierce little falcons! Together we raised $7,781 in the past month! Thank you so much for your gifts and shares! The Kestrels are lucky to have all of you!

We will need to raise $40,000 to fully fund the work, so our team will be looking into other sources. We'll also be leaving the donation page open. Feel free to keep spreading the word, and we'll keep you in the loop about our progress and research!

Best,

Erin Katzner
Director of Community Engagement
The Peregrine Fund
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Greetings Kestrel Supporters!

We have only 4 days left of our campaign and we've been picking up steam all week. Help us to continue strong by sharing our campaign with your friends and encouraging them to help you in your desire to stop American Kestrel decline. These little falcons are depending on us!

Best,

Erin

Erin Katzner
Director of Community Engagement
The Peregrine Fund
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Thank you to all of you who have donated so generously for American Kestrel research! We only have 1 week left of the campaign and need your help to reach our goal! Please post the campaign to your social media sites and challenge your friends to make a gift!

Here's a sample post you can use:

"I've decided to support research to stop the decline of the American Kestrel, North America's smallest and most colorful falcon. I want to challenge all my friends to make a donation too! If everyone gives just $12 ($1 for each month of the year) we can fund the research needed to solve the mystery of their decline. Kestrels help us out a great deal by keeping rodent and insect populations down. Let's help them out in return!"

Thank you all for your incredible passion for these fierce little falcons!

Best,

Erin Katzner
Director of Community Engagement
The Peregrine Fund
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Check out this new podcast featuring Dr. Julie Heath from Boise State University discussing her American Kestrel research. Dr. Heath has the longest running kestrel research project in North America. She is working with our researchers to help decipher the reason for kestrel decline.

http://wildlensinc.org/eoc-041-kestrel-research-in-idahos-treasure-valley-with-julie-heath/

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