American Kestrel Research 

Kelsey Biles is a PhD Candidate in Biology at the University of North Texas. She has been studying American Kestrel conservation and wintering ecology for several years across Texas. She has an M.Sc. and a B.S. degree in Biology from Baylor University and UT Arlington, respectively.

American Kestrels (Falco sparverius) are the smallest raptor species in North America. Unfortunately, kestrel populations have been in a steady decline since the collection of reliable population trend data began in the 1960s. Currently, no direct cause for this decline has been identified. Past research has shown that their survivorship and reproduction are relatively unchanged, so we have begun to examine their wintering areas and migratory routes. Here in North Texas, we have a large kestrel population that migrates each winter. Researchers at UNT have been monitoring the survival of these kestrels for 5 winters, and began attempting to track their migration 2 years ago. This presentation will provide an update on our research, containing our insights into the kestrels’ struggles to survive and our attempts to study them.

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August 28th 2021 at 10:00 am CT