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Kestrel Nest Box Survey Training (3/16/2019)
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Kestrel Nest Box Survey Training (3/16/2019)

This is the annual training for Ridge Rangers and other volunteers to participate in the 2018 Kestrel Surveys

When: 9:00 AM
Where: FWC Royce Unit
1630 Royce Ranch Avenue
Lake Placid, Florida  33852
United States
Contact: Bill Parken
863 441 0791

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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.

Training to participate in the Annual Kestrel Nest Box Surveys.

You’ll learn about:

● The threatened Southeastern American Kestrel and how this survey helps

● Survey Protocol

● Use of the Peeper Scope Camera System

● Smart phone app for data recording (optional)

This training has both a classroom portion and hands-on section in the field at a nearby kestrel box.

Peeper Cam Training

simple and fun

What to wear and bring
We’ll be both inside for a presentation as well as walking in a nearby open field – suggest dress for casual outside comfort.

You may wish to bring a hiker’s water bottle for drinking water.

Directions to the FWC Royce Unit

From the corner of US 27 and CR 621 in Lake Placid, go east on CR 621 1.7 miles to Hallmark Avenue on the left. Turn left on Hallmark. After 3.6 miles the road makes a sharp left and sharp right and changes names to Royce Ranch Ave. After a total of 5.0 miles on Hallmark / Royce Ranch Ave, Royce Ranch is on the left, marked by an FWC logo. Turn left onto the driveway and follow it back to the offices.