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The Mystery of the Vanishing Kestrels

American Kestrel held by a researcher with a nest box in the background

An article in The New York Times titled “The Mystery of the Vanishing Kestrels: What’s Happening to This Flashy Falcon?” was published this week that included a quote from Dr. Julie Heath (MS, Raptor Biology, ’96), professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and raptor biology advisor/professor with the Raptor Research Center.

The article begins, “The number of American kestrels has dropped sharply. That goes against the trend for birds of prey, broadly seen as a conservation bright spot…”

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