First Friday Lunch Bunch: ‘Kestrels in my Backyard’

Date(s) - Friday, Oct 06, 2017
11:00 am

Audubon Community Nature Center


Audubon Community Nature Center will hold its First Friday Lunch Bunch at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 6 at the center, 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania.

Tom LeBlanc will present “Kestrels in My Backyard.” LeBlanc discovered a pair of North America’s smallest falcons nesting in a box on his property outside Frewsburg and placed a camera inside the box. The photographs and videos he captured will be part of his presentation.

He is a naturalist for the New York State Office of Parks in the Allegany Region.

A BYO brown bag lunch and conversation will follow the program, with coffee and tea provided.

The fee is $8 for the public or $6 for Nature Center Members. You can register online. Walk-ins are welcome.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology says “the American Kestrel packs a predator’s fierce intensity into its small body.” One of the most colorful raptors, the male’s slate-blue head and wings contrast with his rusty-red back and tail; the female has the same warm reddish on her wings, back, and tail.

While hunting for insects and other small prey, kestrels perch on wires or poles, or hover against the wind, flapping and adjusting their long tails to stay in place. By putting up nest boxes, you can help with their declining numbers.

LeBlanc has 20 years of experience as an environmental educator and field biologist.  He received his bird banding permit in 1998 and became a certified bird bander by the North American Banding Council in 2003. He is currently the crew leader for a Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) station and also serves as Principal Investigator in looking at changes in butterfly fauna and the status and ecology of the Northern Saw-whet Owls in New York’s Allegany State Park.