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Saltwater Fish Camp - Grades 3-5

Prepare Kestrel Nest Sites for Upcoming Surveys - Lake Placid Scrub, Silver Lake, and Tubbs
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We’ll meet in Lake Placid's Publix parking lot and then travel in the FWC vehicle to FWC Lake Placid Scrub and then FWC Silver Lake near Avon Park, where we’ll check, repair, and add nesting material to the kestrel boxes (Hopefully we'll have the time to check the single pole at the FWC Tubbs site near Lake Placid also). We’ll also be trimming any too-tall vegetation around the poles. Maximum of four people needed, and you can participate at just one, two, or all of the sites.

2/10/2018
When: From 8 AM to around 1 PM
Where: Meet in the parking lot - Lake Placid Publix
586 US 27
Lake Placid, Florida  33852
United States
Contact: Bill Parken
863 441 0791


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The Kestrel nesting season will be starting in April, and the nest boxes at the monitoring sites need to be checked & prepared for the upcoming surveys!


We’ll meet in the Lake Placid Publix parking lot and then travel in the FWC vehicle to FWC Lake Placid Scrub and then FWC Silver Lake, where we’ll check, repair, and add nesting material to the kestrel boxes.

Hopefully we'll have the time to check the single pole at the FWC Tubbs site near Lake Placid also.

We’ll also be trimming any too-tall vegetation around the poles

A Ridge Ranger adds nesting material to a kestrel nest box.


Although we’ll be moving to the monitoring sites by vehicle, please dress for working in light brush with good footwear, long pants/long sleeves, and a hat. Please also bring your work gloves and a hiker’s water bottle or similar.

Some ladder climbing may be needed for the box maintenance, but you can work on the ground as preferred.

Maximum of four people needed, and you can participate at just one, two, or all of the sites.



The Southeastern American Kestrel (Falco sparverius paulus) is a non-migratory subspecies of kestrel found in open pine savannahs, sandhills, prairies, and pastures in Florida and the southeastern United States. It is listed as threatened in Florida due to a decline in nesting and foraging habitat. In the training you'll learn how biologists are using nest box programs to increase populations of this rare bird.



About the FWC Lake Placid Scrub, Tubbs, and Silver Lake tracts

The Lake Placid Scrub tract is located between SR 70 and the community of Placid Lakes. Tubbs is located on Henscratch Road south of Lake Josephine Road, and the Silver Lake unit is located about a mile to the west of South Florida State College near Avon Park.

All three tracts are part of the Lake Wales Ridge Wildlife and Environmental Area, and are mostly scrub habitat, one of the most distinctive natural community on the Lake Wales Ridge WEA. Healthy scrub has the appearance of a miniature forest with trees seldom taller than 10 feet and open patches of sand. The WEA contains 20 of 22 federally listed plant species known to occur on the Lake Wales Ridge.