According to the Breeding Bird Survey from 1966-2008, American Kestrels have experienced an average annual decline in Minnesota of 2.1%, for a total decline of 59% over 43 years.
In spring 2012, Audubon Minnesota joined the American Kestrel Partnership led by the Peregrine Fund to help build and monitor kestrel nest boxes.
Participation in this partnership has been a great success in three ways:
- Conservation: We have increased nesting habitat for an important grassland bird species in Minnesota and through volunteer monitoring, we are helping researchers learn more about some of the possible reasons behind the kestrel decline.
- Collaboration and Building Partnerships: As a statewide effort, this project enlisted the participation of Audubon chapters, partners and volunteers to place and monitor many of the boxes.
- Ten of the boxes went up to the Agassiz Audubon Chapter. Each box was mounted near the Audubon Center of the Red River Valley with the assistance of the Polk Kittson Marshal Electric Cooperative who provided old utility poles.
In Minnesota, American Kestrels begin courtship in March and typically lay their eggs in the beginning of April. If you are interested in placing a kestrel box in your area, spring is the perfect time!
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