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Learn About the American Kestrel at Audubon’s October 6 First Friday
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Learn About the American Kestrel at Audubon’s October 6 First Friday

Jamestown, NY – At Audubon Community Nature Center’s First Friday Lunch Bunch you can learn about what happens inside an American Kestrel nest box.

Tom LeBlanc will present “Kestrels in My Backyard” on October 6 at 11 a.m.

When LeBlanc, a naturalist for the New York State Office of Parks in the Allegany Region, discovered a pair of North America’s smallest falcons nesting in a box on his property outside Frewsburg, New York, he placed a camera inside the box. The photographs and videos he captured will be part of his presentation.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology says “the American Kestrel packs a predator’s fierce intensity into its small body.” One of the most colorful raptors, the male’s slate-blue head and wings contrast with his rusty-red back and tail; the female has the same warm reddish on her wings, back, and tail.

While hunting for insects and other small prey, kestrels perch on wires or poles, or hover against the wind, flapping and adjusting their long tails to stay in place. By putting up nest boxes, you can help with their declining numbers.

LeBlanc has 20 years of experience as an environmental educator and field biologist.  He received his bird banding permit in 1998 and became a certified bird bander by the North American Banding Council in 2003. He is currently the crew leader for a Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) station and also serves as Principal Investigator in looking at changes in butterfly fauna and the status and ecology of the Northern Saw-whet Owls in New York’s Allegany State Park.

A BYO brown bag lunch and conversation follows the program, with coffee and tea provided.

The fee for attending is $8 or $6 for Nature Center Members. Registration can be completed online on the Programs page at auduboncnc.org. Walk-ins are welcome.

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania. To learn more, call (716) 569-2345 during business hours or visit the Programs page at auduboncnc.org.

Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible ways.


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