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Bird Sightings American kestrels to be subject of talk at Hampshire Bird Club meeting

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Joey Mason will discuss her 23 years of research on American kestrels in southeastern Massachusetts and possible reasons for the small falcon’s decline on Monday at a meeting of the Hampshire Bird Club. The meeting, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Immanuel Lutheran Church at 867 North Pleasant Street in Amherst.

Mason learned how to band hawks in Cape May, N,J., where she continues to band raptors for the Cape May Raptor Banding Project. She has also worked with Colorado wildlife officials on the state’s peregrine falcon recovery project and in 1989 began a nest box and banding project for kestrels on bogs owned by cranberry growers in southeastern Massachusetts. In 2000, she led efforts to prevent osprey electrocutions on privately owned utility poles, and has created a number of osprey nesting platforms. She recently completed a project aimed at improving management of landfill to prevent raptors from being incinerated by methane burners.

For more information about the club and directions to the meeting see http:/ www.hampshirebirdclub.org. More information about Mason’s kestrel project is available at http:// www.keepingcompanywithkestrels.org

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