Date: 11/6/17 6:23 am From: Patti Reum via va-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [Va-bird] Adopt-A Kestrel Box
*Supporting Breeding American Kestrels in Virginia*
*NESTING BOX ADOPTION PROGRAM*
* Highland County, Virginia*
Breeding Bird Survey data indicate that the number of breeding American Kestrels has been steadily declining since at least the 1960's across North America, including Virginia. Scientists studying kestrels do not have sufficient data to understand what is causing these declines. Scientists and citizen scientists joined together as the American Kestrel Partnership to research this decline. One of their projects is to install and monitor kestrel nest boxes and contribute their findings to their centralized database as they work to understand why kestrels are declining.
The Kestrel Strike force of the VSO Conservation Committee has been actively building, installing and monitoring nesting success and survival at these kestrel boxes for the past three years. They have installed over 300 nest boxes in appropriate breeding habitat throughout Virginia.
The information collected from these nest boxes is providing insight into the ecology of kestrels in Virginia and population declines across Virginia and North America.
*You can help this effort by making an annual donation to adopt a nest box in Highland County, Virginia at one of the following levels (Your donation is tax deductible.): *
· *Level I:* $ 50.00 provides for the installation and monitoring of an American Kestrel nest box in Highland County, VA. You will receive an official adoption certificate.
· *Level II:* $100.00 provides for the installation and monitoring of an American Kestrel nest box in Highland County where there is a concentration of breeding kestrels. You will receive an official adoption certificate. After the nest box has been placed, a digital photo of the mounted nest box and approximate location will be emailed to you. After the breeding season, the box will be regularly monitored and you will also receive a report of any birds nesting in your box.
Please complete and include this form with your adoption donation.
[image: Text Box: Virginia Society of Ornithology American Kestrel Nest Box Project Please print the following information: Recipient’s Name (if a gift) _______________________________________________ Donor’s Name (if different) _______________________________________________ Recipient’s Address _______________________________________________ Recipient’s City, State, Zip _______________________________________________ Recipient’s Email _______________________________________________ Donation (circle desired level) Level I $ 50 Level II $ 100 Total donation ____ Make check out to and mail it to the VSO (Virginia Society of Ornithology PO Box 5994, Williamsburg, VA 23188) and include this form. Note that your donation will go to the Kestrel Monitoring Program or other kestrel related conservation projects.] *** You are subscribed to va-bird as <lists...> If you wish to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit https://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird ***