In response to long-term population declines of kestrels in North America, The Peregrine Fund's American Kestrel Partnership is unifying the data-generating capacity of citizen scientists with the research expertise of professional scientists to advance conservation of the American Kestrel.
The American Kestrel Partnership consists of more than 600 partners. We are recording data from more than 1,400 kestrel nests, from Alaska to Argentina.
From a new study published in the December 2017 issue of Journal of Raptor Research authors Christopher J.W. McClure, Sarah E. Schulwitz, Richard Van Buskirk, Benjamin P. Pauli, and Julie A. Heath outline a path forward to help scientists understanding why kestrels are declining. Click here to see the paper.
The Full Cycle Phenology Project brings together a group of diverse and uniquely qualified collaborators from Boise State University, the American Kestrel Partnership, HawkWatch International, St. Mary’s University, Environmental Laboratory of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, and the University of California, Los Angeles. This project will combine cutting edge genetic techniques and a large-scale collaboration of professional and citizen scientists across the western hemisphere to find out more about migratory connectivity, population change, and the impacts of climate change on the American Kestrel and other migratory birds.
We are currently collecting feather samples across the breeding range of the American kestrel for genetic analysis (see Full Cycle Phenology website to get involved).
The American Kestrel Partnership is made possible with support from these generous donors:
Michele and Agnese Cestone Foundation, Coypu Foundation, Honoring the Memory of Molly Dudlak, Felburn Foundation, The Kemmerer Family Foundation, Judith King, Jane Smith Turner Foundation, Lynn and Jack Loacker and Deida Runswick (Kemmerer Foundation).
We also greatly appreciate the numerous supporting organizations that sponsor this project.