This matchup is a study in contrasts. As much as Sandhill Crane numbers are increasing, American Kestrels sadly are on the decline. The reasons are complex, but two of the issues are urban sprawl and lack of adequate nesting cavities. There’s a push under way to expand the number of kestrel nesting box monitors—some 3,500 need monitoring. That will help scientists better understand what is happening with kestrel population trends.
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