RESEARCH AND OUTREACH TO CONSERVE
The American Kestrel is the smallest and most numerous of all North American falcons. Its scientific name, Falco sparverius, means "falcon of the sparrows." Learn more about kestrel identification, life history, and more.
Wisconsin's kestrel populations have declined by more than 40% in the last half-century. Our work is geared toward better understanding kestrel ecology so we can help ensure they thrive in Wisconsin once again.
Whether it's helping with a banding session, hosting and monitoring a kestrel nest box, or donating to support our work, there are lots of ways you can get involved. Kestrels need you. Join us!
The Central Wisconsin Kestrel Research program is based in Stevens Point, Wisconsin and works to better understand kestrel migration, territories, and nesting in order to reverse downward trends in their populations. Our small but mighty crew is made up of two staff, Janet and Amber Eschenbauch, both University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduates with degrees in Biology, and three dedicated volunteers.