Volunteer Nest Box Monitor
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Tools & Training Provided
- Detailed monitoring protocols.
- Data sheets.
- Maps of box locations.
- Directions and additional orientation as needed.