Dr. Sarah Shulwitz's Projects
Testing consequences of nest box management regimes on population trends of American kestrels (Falco sparverius)
The Peregrine Fund’s American Kestrel Partnership (AKP) works with citizen and professional scientists across North America who install and monitor nest boxes to contribute data to a centralized database. Unfortunately, many citizen scientists are inconsistent with their installation, monitoring, and box relocation regimes. McClure et al. (2017) used simulations to demonstrate hypothesized effects of various nest box management regimes—showing nest boxes can be potentially harmful and produce misleading trends in population indices. REU-RR students will empirically test and verify results of McClure et al. (2017) using different nest management regimes to examine influence on both occupancy and local abundance of American kestrels. The REU-RR students install and monitor kestrel nest boxes and conduct surveys to determine trends in the local populations using methods outlined in Smallwood et al. (2009b).