Martins Creek’s kestrels

 

 

 

 

 

 

PPL’s Martins Creek Preserve was pleased to host  Paul “Birdman ” Karner this Saturday for an educational program about his work with the American kestrel. Paul, a federally licensed bird bander, has been working with birds of prey since the late 70’s and has placed over 100 kestrel nesting boxes in the Lehigh Valley.

Everyone enjoyed hearing stories of how Paul got interested in bird banding a long time ago- back when he had a full head of hair (his joke, not mine) and how he has developed that passion into a significant database on the population and nesting habitats of this beautiful raptor. He shared with us many successes and challenges and described several pairs of kestrels he has followed through the years.

Attendees were able to watch Paul band three kestrel chicks from a nest box adjacent to the PPL Martins Creek power plant. These chicks, judged to be only a week old, can now be tracked because of their unique identification band.

We look forward to inviting Paul back again soon!

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