KESTREL BOX SPY CAM!
Thanks to a grant from Florida Power and Light, Alachua Audubon is the proud owner of a new pole camera! This device, which has a lens attached to the top of the pole and a display screen attached near the bottom, allows us to peek inside the 130+ American Kestrel nest boxes that we’ve put up all across north-central Florida in order to monitor the progress of the birds nesting inside. Earlier this month an Audubon group tried out the pole camera at a tract of conservation land in Suwannee County. You can share their discoveries in the attached photos.
Read more about the kestrel nest box program on pages 14 and 15 of the January/February 2019 issue of the newsletter.
Purple Martin Nest Boxes
On January 13, 2018, several AAS members (Bob Simons, Michael Brock, Eric and Sherry Amundson, Johnathan Varol, and Debbie Segal) joined members of the Four Rivers Audubon to install six bluebird boxes, one kestrel box, and Purple Martin nest gourds at the Lake City Treatment Wetlands. It was a very cold morning but the camaraderie, scenery, abundance of birds, and satisfaction of contributing to bird conservation helped to distract us from thinking about our numb body parts.