American Kestrel: Jack
- Hatch year 2001
- Weight: 4.25 oz.
- Found in Parker’s Prairie, Minn.
- Human imprint (brother to Baron)
- Un-releasable due to imprinting
As a hatchling, Jack and his two brothers were in their nest cavity when the tree they were in was cleared from private property. The owners were horrified when they discovered the three young kestrels in the fallen tree. Acting with compassion, they took the falcons into their home in an attempt to save them. Unfortunately, this left permanent damage to the birds. Admitted to The Raptor Center on June 21, 2001, Jack and his nest mates were placed with an adult kestrel. The young falcons cowered fearfully from an adult of their own species and vocally begged for food from humans, indicating they were imprints and rendering them non-releasable due to permanent behavioral damage. All three became educational ambassadors in The Raptor Center’s education program. Nearly every day Jack assists in educating visitors about raptors and American kestrels. Thousands of people have learned why it is illegal to keep a raptor, why an injured bird must be brought to a licensed rehabber immediately, and what steps we can take to help raptors succeed in the wild. The scenario that brought Jack to The Raptor Center is all too common. By leaving dead trees standing, we can help provide kestrels with safe and healthy nest sites. If a tree must be cut we can install nesting boxes on living trees or buildings that provide alternatives for these dynamic hunters.