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Volunteer Nest Box Monitor

Do you like to watch birds? Do you want to get outdoors to watch spring emerge?

Nest Box Monitors regularly visit and observe bird activity at assigned kestrel nest boxes through the breeding season.

Our Kestrel Nest Box program was featured on WGBY’s “Connecting Point”. Watch the video here.

Wooden Kestrel nest box

Responsibilities

  • Starting in late March, visit each assigned box every week to determine whether it is being used, and if so, by what species of bird.
  • Visit each box hosting an active American Kestrel pair 1x per week during the breeding season (approx. late March through July).
  • Report observations to the kestrel box coordinators by email once per week.
  • Fill out and submit a simple data sheet at end of season.
Close up of adult kestrel bird

Qualifications

  • Interest in spending time outdoors and a commitment to conservation.
  • Strong bird identification skills.
  • Willingness and enthusiasm to take the responsibility of monitoring a Kestrel nest box.
  • Reliability in completing weekly visits, following protocols, and reporting observations.
  • Ability to travel independently to the nest box sites and navigate potentially wet or rough terrain by foot.
  • The volunteer must supply his or her own transportation, binoculars and/or spotting scope.
Four brown kestrel eggs in nest box

Typical Time Commitment

  • March through July (maximum commitment). If box is unused by Kestrels, monitor may choose to stop observing in late April or May.
  • 1 hour per week for each box monitored (observation time may be broken into shorter periods).
  • Additional time as required to report observations.
Older kestrel chick held in a field

Tools & Training Provided

  • Detailed monitoring protocols.
  • Data sheets.
  • Maps of box locations.
  • Directions and additional orientation as needed.
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