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Boy Scout Eagle Project “Windhover” 2016
American Kestrels, a not yet endangered species of birds, are in need of habitat to rejuvenate their population. They are necessary for the food chain and wildlife in the surrounding region because
they feed off of other birds and rodents, which helps keep those populations in check. By helping to improve the predator to prey ratio, this will benefit the ecological health of South Mountain
Reservation. Without these birds, other species’ are threatened from the imbalanced food chain. Thus, installing these boxes will give Kestrels, or other important birds, a place to stay and thrive. The goal of my Boy Scout Eagle Project was not only to build Kestrel boxes, but to install them in different areas of Essex County to maximize the probability of reproduction. Along with three boxes at South Mountain Reservation, two were installed at the Hilltop Reservation, and others will soon be donated to Becker
Park in Roseland and Camp Glen Gray in Mahwah. The Kestrel Boxes installed were also engineered and created by the fellow scouts in my Troop. Adults and friends also contributed by donating material and helping to complete this project. Without the help of Dr. Hall, an Essex County bird expert who chose locations for the boxes, and the Conservancy for going through the necessary approvals, this project would have never been accomplished and therefore aid these local Kestrels. It was a challenging yet rewarding project, and hopefully in the near future we can see an increase in these birds’ habitat. Thank you very much for allowing me the opportunity to install the kestrel boxes at the South Mountain Reservation and to all of you that helped me with this project.
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