American Kestrel Highway Nest Box Trail

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Please support our innovative project to conserve American Kestrels!


Populations of American kestrels are declining across the . To try to reverse this decline, the Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative, Ohio Ornithological Society, the American Kestrel Partnership, and Ohio Division of Wildlife have partnered with the Ohio Department of Transportation to take advantage of some rather unconventional habitat. Kestrels search for insects and other food in large, open areas of short grass, a habitat type that is common along highways. However, kestrels nest in cavities, which are not common along highways. Our innovative nest box trail program utilizes suitable habitat along highway right-of-ways by increasing nesting opportunities.


Last year, we installed 25 nest boxes on the backs of highway road signs in Wyandot county, . Thanks to generous donations through this page, we were able to purchase the equipment our team of volunteers needed to monitor these boxes to see which ones were used and how many young were produced. Overall, our boxes produced two active kestrel nests and 8 young!


Now, we're ready to expand! Because the project was so successful, we are planning to expand and install 20 more boxes on highway signs this winter. Again, we can't do it without your generous support! Your donations will be used to purchase box building supplies and another set of monitoring equipment for a second team of volunteers to monitor our new boxes!


To donate using PayPal, please submit your donation through our partner The Ohio Biological Survey. Simply click on the "Donate" button. Before submitting your donation, please click "Add special instructions for seller" and note that your donation is for the "kestrel box project".

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We're growing again - this time into the Dayton area! Please help us reach our goal to install and monitor 12 new boxes for kestrels this season!
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What a successful nesting season we had! With a total of 5 nests and 20 nestlings, it was our best year yet! Thanks for your support in making this year so great.
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We have 5 active nests! Our monitoring team for Wyandot county made a monitoring visit on Saturday and found a total of 18 eggs in 5 nests! We are estimating a hatch date around June 1st. Stay tuned for more updates!
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Kestrels have moved in for the nesting season! This photo was taken at one of our highway nest boxes in Crawford county on Saturday (Photo by Lee Tooman).
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Jill Robinson
68 months ago

All right!!!!! So glad you are almost there. Go KESTRELS!!!!

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JD
$30
Janet Duren
47 months ago

Merry Christmas

LL
$25
Linda Leonhard
50 months ago

Do you know how many nestlings successfully fledged? Are they banded? Are any of the adults that nested banded? I wonder if the proximity of the boxes to the road has caused any mortality from cars when the nestlings fledge.

FD
$115
Friends of Crawford County Park District
57 months ago (Offline Donation)
TD
$125
Tim & Laura Dornan
64 months ago

For American Kestrel Project

MS
$20
Marcia Shaffer
68 months ago (Offline Donation)
JR
$25
Jill Robinson
68 months ago

Kestrels 4 ever!!!!

Jill Robinson
68 months ago

All right!!!!! So glad you are almost there. Go KESTRELS!!!!

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