As part of a larger Black Vulture research effort in the southeast, and in collaboration with the Biology Department at Murray State University and USDA Wildlife Services, we are seeking Black Vulture nest sites throughout Kentucky.

The project's goals are to better understand the nesting behavior and survival of BV nests as well as fledgling movement and survival rates. The research fits into a larger overall push by USDA Wildlife Services to better understand black vulture populations and behaviors.

Overall, the goals of this effort are aimed at improving our understanding of the species and identifying future management strategies to help overcome vulture related damages. This specific research project should help us understand the reasons for the increase in Black Vulture populations and help minimize human-vulture conflicts in the future.

We are seeking your assistance to report Black Vulture nests anywhere in Kentucky. If you know of a nest site and would be willing to allow us access to monitor it please contact us using the resources below.

Nest sites will be monitored using trail cameras to observe nesting behavior and any predation events until chicks leave the nest or it fails. Nest sites will be visited briefly once every 10 to 14 days to collect the memory card and check the nesting status.

A subset of fledglings will have GPS transmitters attached to them when they reach the necessary size and age later on in the summer before they fledge.

We would be especially grateful if you could report nests as soon as you become aware of them as we are currently within the vulture breeding season.

Please contact Phil Kavouriaris, Murray State graduate student in charge of the project or you can reach out to Matt Springer, University of Kentucky Wildlife Extension Specialist.

Feel free to forward this information on to any parties to whom this might be of interest. We can also answer follow-up questions you may have about the research and all personal information will be kept private throughout the entire process.

Please direct all related communications to the following email address and phone number: msu.blackvultures@murraystate.edu or call (270) 288-6097.

If you have any questions about black vultures contact or your local ANR Extension or you can reach out directly to Dr. Springer at mattspringer@uky.edu or 859-257-8633.

Source: Dr. Matthew Springer, Assistant Extension Professor of Wildlife Management, University of Kentucky

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