Wild New Jersey Exclusive: Helping the American kestrel survive in New Jersey's grasslands
This three-week old kestrel chick was banded by
New Jersey Fish & Wildlife. Photo by MacKenzie Hall.
As we reported last week, the Garden State's grassland birds are facing difficult times. With farmlands declining, the American kestrel has faced alarming drops in its numbers across the state. MacKenzie Hall of the Conserve Wildlife Foundation is working with New Jersey Fish & Wildlife to band kestrels and monitor kestrel nestboxes on farmlands in rural western areas of the state.
For more information about building a kestrel nest box, click on this helpful link by the Raptor Trust in Millington.
You can also learn more about the kestrel's recovery from the New Jersey Fish and Wildlife report.