Top 10 Reasons To Be an American Kestrel

Why would YOU want to be an American Kestrel? Some of our Arizona-based "Cam in the Classroom" students recently came up with their top ten reasons why they'd like to be an American Kestrel.

Earlier this year, Mrs. Matheson’s fourth-grade class adopted Edie, the Wildlife Center's education American Kestrel, through our Caring for Critters program. Mrs. Matheson has taken Edie's education ambassador role to a new level by incorporating her into writing assignments, math lessons and quizzes, science lessons, and more.

For a recent science/writing assignment, Mrs. Matheson charged her students to come up with ten facts about American Kestrels and then rank them from least to most important -- in their opinions. Here's what the students came up with!

Elizabeth

10. When I am injured, the Wildlife Center can help me.
9. I can weigh 3.5 to 5 ounces.
8. People can help me when I am injured.
7. I can have fake eyes on the back of my head.
6. I can eat bunnies, reptiles, songbirds, and insects.
5. I can lay eggs.
4. I can have a nickname like the sparrow hawk.
3. I can have a diet.
2. I can be the smallest falcon.
And the number one reason I want to be an American kestrel is that I could fly.

Jordyn

10. I could sleep standing up.
9. I would have two fake eyes on my back.
8. My nickname would be Sparrow Hawk.
7. I could see other birds so I can communicate.
6. I would have wings so I could fly.
5. I would be the smallest falcon.
4. My wingspan would be 20 to 24 inches.
3. My weight would be between 3 and 6 ounces.
2. I would be 8 to 12 inches tall.
And the number one reason I want to be an American kestrel is that I would get to be treated at the Wildlife Center of Virginia.

Dylan

10. I can migrate to the desert.
9. I can reach tall food by flying.
8. I would have wings so I can fly.
7. I would be the smallest falcon.
6. I can watch for game because I perch on high places.
5. I can get wherever I want to.
4. I can sleep on a house or branch.
3. My wingspan would be 20 to 24 inches.
2. I can live at the Wildlife Center of Virginia.
And the number one reason I want to be an American kestrel is that I can talk to other American Kestrels.

 

Kiley

10. I would weigh 3 to 5 ounces.
9. I would be 8 to 12 inches tall.
8. I would be a raptor.
7. I would get to lay eggs.
6. I would live in the wild for 5 years.
5. I would have two nicknames.
4. I would eat bunnies, but not the Easter Bunny.
3. I would fly.
2. I would fledge in 28 to 30 days.
And the number one reason I want to be an American kestrel is I would be the smallest falcon.

 

Katelynn

10. I would have a proper and common name. My proper name would be falco spaverus and my common name would be American Kestrel.
9. I would be the smallest falcon.
8. I would have two nicknames: Sparrow Hawk and Killy Hawk.
7. I would be colorful like a rainbow.
6. I would have bird friends.
5. I would live in the wild for 5 years.
4. I would eat bunnies, reptiles, songbirds, and insects.
3. I would see Gus, Buddy, Pignoli, Quinn, Papa G’ho, and Buttercup.
2. I would be an ambassador at WCV.
And the number one reason I want to be an American kestrel is I would have wings so I could fly.
 

Hayden

10. I would be able to go anywhere.
9. I would be able to fly.
8. I would be able to lay 3 to 7 eggs.
7. I would be found anywhere.
6. I would have a nickname like Sparrow Hawk.
5. I would sleep on a branch at night.
4. I would be the smallest falcon.
3. I would be able to eat insects.
2. I would be kept warm by my feathers.
And the number one reason I want to be an American kestrel is I would be adopted by Mrs. Matheson’s 4th grade class.
 

Chase

10. I can eat songbirds.
9. Boy kestrels kill all of the food.
8. I have lots of places to live.
7. I will have really good vision.
6. I can fly.
5. I will have sharp talons.
4. I don’t have to take a bath.
3. I won’t have to clip my talons.
2. I would be faster than a person.
And the number one reason I want to be an American kestrel is that as a boy kestrel, I won’t have to watch the eggs.