American Kestrel Highway Nest Box Trail
$880 of $1,500 goal
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".
Thanks for your support!!!