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American Kestrel nest box networks

American Kestrels prey upon mice, voles, insects, birds, and reptiles and contribute to pest management in agriculture.

Cherry orchards in Michigan with nesting Kestrels had lower fruit-eating bird abundance and measurable economic benefits (Shave et al. 2018). Kestrels consume invertebrate and vertebrate agricultural pests in winter too! (Badger et al. unpublished)

Nesting American Kestrels can be facilitated through the installation and maintenance of nest boxes.

For information on American Kestrel nest box networks refer to the American Kestrel Partnership:




photos: Ryan Bourbour