US Army Corps of Engineers
Albuquerque District

Abiquiu Lake Celebrates Earth Day with the American Kestrel

Lead Natural Resource Specialist at Abiquiu Lake
Published May 3, 2013
ABIQUIU LAKE, N.M., -- Katherine Eagleson, director of the Espanola Wildlife Center, shares about the kestrel to volunteers at Abiquiu Lake's Earth Day event, April 20, 2013.

ABIQUIU LAKE, N.M., -- Katherine Eagleson, director of the Espanola Wildlife Center, shares about the kestrel to volunteers at Abiquiu Lake's Earth Day event, April 20, 2013.

ABIQUIU LAKE, N.M., -- Volunteers at an Earth Day event April 20, 2013, helped construct three nesting boxes for kestrels and then traveled to different shoreline areas to install them. This will help improve kestrel nesting habitat.

ABIQUIU LAKE, N.M., -- Volunteers at an Earth Day event April 20, 2013, helped construct three nesting boxes for kestrels and then traveled to different shoreline areas to install them. This will help improve kestrel nesting habitat.

ABIQUIU LAKE, N.M., -- Volunteers at an Earth Day event April 20, 2013, help install a kestrel nesting box near the shoreline. Volunteers and staff will continue to monitor kestrel sightings and nesting activities throughout the year in the hopes of advancing kestrel habitat around the reservoir.

ABIQUIU LAKE, N.M., -- Volunteers at an Earth Day event April 20, 2013, help install a kestrel nesting box near the shoreline. Volunteers and staff will continue to monitor kestrel sightings and nesting activities throughout the year in the hopes of advancing kestrel habitat around the reservoir.

ABIQUIU LAKE, N.M., -- Abiquiu Lake park rangers and Katherine Eagleson, director of the Espanola Wildlife Center, partnered on Saturday, April 20, 2013, to host an Earth Day event focused on protecting the American Kestrel.

This was the start of what will be an annual Earth Day event at Abiquiu Lake. Twenty volunteers gathered outside the Abiquiu Lake Visitor Center to learn about the “sparrow hawk,” the only kestrel native to the Americas. 

Kestrels feed on arthropods such as grasshoppers, and find nests in early May to lay their eggs. 

Eagleson explained that the open grassland areas surrounding Abiquiu Lake are ideal kestrel habitat. She then presented Squirt, a live captive female kestrel cared for by the Espanola Wildlife Center.

In order to improve nesting habitat around the lake, volunteers helped to construct three nesting boxes and traveled to different shoreline areas to install them.

Volunteers and staff will continue to monitor kestrel sightings and nesting activities throughout the year in the hopes of advancing kestrel habitat around the reservoir.