American Kestrel Banding

This coming Wednesday, Dan Mummert – a wildlife diversity biologist with the Pennsylvania Game Commission – will place identifying metal leg bands on American kestrel chicks that recently hatched in nestboxes placed at Brightside Farm Park in Charlestown Township, and the public is invited to attend.

This is an exceptional opportunity to learn about the American kestrel, North America’s smallest and most colorful falcon, and observe these raptors firsthand in their preferred grassland habitat.  The banding is an effort to gather more information about this important species whose numbers have been declining for years due to habitat loss and other factors.   American kestrels are listed as a Pennsylvania Species of Greatest Conservation Need according to the current PA Wildlife Action Plan.

This event is appropriate for all ages, including children.  Bring your camera and your questions, which Dan will gladly answer during the program.

Managed by Charlestown Township for both exceptional wildlife habitat and public recreation, Brightside Farm Park has two entrances.  The banding will take place along the driveway that leads to the farm buildings and community garden at 3108 Yellow Springs Rd.  Attendees are asked to park at the end of the driveway near the farm buildings and adjacent to the community garden.  Overflow parking is also available in the public parking lot ¼ mile south of the farm driveway at 3040 Yellow Springs Rd.; there is a grass path adjacent to the road that connects to the farm driveway.

The banding and informational program will last about 90 minutes.  For those who bring their cameras to this event, please consider joining us for Valley Forge Audubon Society’s nature photography outing, which will begin at 6:00 PM at the same park.

Please note there are no bathroom facilities at Brightside.


Jun 05 2024


4:00 pm


Brightside Farm Park
3108 Yellow Springs Rd, Malvern, PA, USA