American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)

The American Kestrel is the smallest falcon in North America, and by far the most numerous falcon due to its adaptability to a variety of environments.  Because of this, we have many in our collection - they line up like undulating waves in the raptor cabinets.

 The Peregrine Fund has partnered with Cornell Lab of Ornithology to live-stream kestrel boxes in order to get a better understanding of their nesting habits and behaviors.  You can watch those here! I really enjoy these kind of projects; those that bring citizen and professional scientific research together.