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For many of us, the beauty of the natural world is why we've made homes in northern Arizona. The species and habitats, with their unique beauty, make this a place worth protecting.

But where is the center for conservation in Flagstaff? For passionate people who care about the environment, why is it so difficult to get involved in conservation work? A new local initiative, the Flagstaff Kestrel Project (experiment.com/kestrels), seeks to understand these questions and provide solutions.

Research shows that the importance of intact habitats with a healthy diversity of species cannot be overstated. As our society moves forward into a future of changing climate and the uncertainty that will bring, healthy and functional natural systems will protect wildlife and humanity alike. This work cannot wait: species conservation must begin while the species is still abundant. If we wait too long, there will not be sufficient genetic diversity within a species population for it to be stable and healthy into the future. That's why the FKP needs your help! We are protecting kestrels now, while they are still abundant enough to enjoy in northern Arizona's beautiful grasslands.

FKP is working to interconnect community to provide historically underserved populations with experiences in the natural world. We are enlisting a network of volunteers of diverse ages and experiences to build, install and monitor nesting boxes for American kestrels. The American kestrel is a a beautiful grassland falcon that has suffered 60% population declines across its range in the last five-odd decades.

While FKP installs and monitors nest boxes, we will conduct research on the best practices for involving community participants into conservation. Our main hope is to understand the best methods of doing this work, and then share our findings with other communities. Support FKP today!

MAYA RAPPAPORT

Flagstaff

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