Central Wisconsin Kestrel Research
Kestrel Biology

Who We Are

Central Wisconsin Kestrel Research is dedicated to the quest for knowledge about American Kestrels, while providing educational programs to the public. The program is run by Janet Eschenbauch and Amber Eschenbauch. Both are University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduates with Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology. Janet and Amber speak to the public about the American Kestrel and lead field trips. Eugene Jacobs of Linwood Spring Research Station uses our study area as part of his Raptor Research Techniques Classes.

Amber Eschenbauch, Janet Eschenbauch, volunteers Maureen Brocken and Sally Ellingboe.
Not pictured: volunteers Gerry Janz and Linda Leindecker

The Peregrine Fund, founded in 1970 to save the Peregrine Falcon, has recently expanded their efforts to include 102 species of raptors in 65 countries. The Peregrine Fund is currently recruiting researchers for ther 2012 start of the American Kestrel Partnership.

The American Kestrel Partnership will be an international research network made up of citizen and professional scientists. There will be an interactive website that will promote data sharing, collaborative research and discussion forums. The data generated by the partnership will support large-scale conservation strategies for kestrel habitat and populations.

Central Wisconsin Kestrel Research is excited to have been invited to be a part of this valuable project.

What We Do

Prior to the beginning of each nesting season all nest boxes are cleaned; dry wood chips are added to the bottom of each box. The boxes are monitored weekly from May 1st until all the kestrel chicks have fledged. Both the adults and the nestlings are banded using bands provided by the United States Geological Survey. These bands individually identify each bird, which allows us to document pair and site fidelity, breeding and natal dispersal movements, as well as mortality rates.

How you can help

You can become involved in this research by adopting a kestrel nest box. Click here for more details.