Audubon To Host Program On Kestrels

The Audubon Center and Sanctuary is offering an opportunity to learn about the behaviors and habits of our smallest bird of prey and how people can it to thrive.

On Sunday, Feb. 10, Warren County native Don Watts will give a presentation on the American kestrel.

From 1:30-3 p.m., area residents can learn about the American kestrel, its habits and how they can support the species.

Those who have a large open field or meadow may be a perfect candidate to help the American kestrel thrive in the Chautauqua County region. Ideal habitat for the bird is an edge habitat that provides a large open field for them to hunt and the protection of a dead tree with a cavity for nesting.

Kestrels have readily accepted manmade nest boxes when natural tree cavities are not available.

Since he was a teenager, Watts has been an active outdoorsman, hunting in the Allegheny National Forest area. As a young adult he became more interested in birding activities and assumed the task of monitoring the American Kestrel Nest Box Trail in Warren County.

A sample of Watts’s other birding activities include: Participant in the first Pennsylvania Breeding Bird Atlas; regional coordinator in the second Pennsylvania Breeding Bird Atlas; Master Bird Bander; participant in United States Fish & Wildlife breeding bird surveys for over 20 years; conducted grassland surveys for Pennsylvania Game Commission; past president of Roger Tory Peterson Ornithological Club; coordinator of the Warren, Pa., Christmas Bird Count; and wildlife technician for the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service for four years in the study of the Cerulean Warbler.

Due to program sponsorship from an unnamed source, there is no charge to attend. Reservations are not required.

Audubon education programs are made possible in part through funding from the Johnson Foundation, the Carnahan Jackson Foundation, the Hultquist Foundation and the Jessie Smith Darrah Fund.

Located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren, the Audubon Center and Sanctuary has more than five miles of maintained trails on a 600-acre wetland preserve. Its three-story building contains a nature store and a collection of live fish, reptiles and amphibians. One of the most visited exhibits is Liberty, a non-releasable bald eagle.

For more information, call 569-2345 or visit jamestownaudubon.org.