Faculty Advisor

Bakermans, Marja

Abstract

American Kestrel populations in the northeast have been decreasing steadily. MassWildlife has installed over 100 nest boxes in Massachusetts in order to aid in the conservation of kestrels. This project studied landscape features surrounding the nest boxes to better understand variables that contributed to nest box occupancy. We used in depth analysis of land cover with ArcMAP and quantitative analysis of basic landscape features, including Spearman Rank Correlations and Akaike’s Information Criterion, to help refine the criteria for nest box occupancy amongst American Kestrels so that we could recommend future nest box placement to MassWildlife.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

October 2015

Major

Biology and Biotechnology

Major

Interdisciplinary

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Undergraduate Studies

Advisor Program

Undergraduate Studies

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