Stewardship Blog

American Kestrels Become a New Tenant at Trump Property

As the days get longer and the warmer temperatures begin to appear, so do the many familiar sounds of spring, which include the songs of returning migrant birds from their wintering grounds. With some birds traveling thousands of tiresome miles to reach their destination, it is important to provide these species with a welcoming haven to rest and rejuvenate themselves. It is equally important to provide these species with quality living areas, habitat or homes that they expect to find after their long journeys. When creating and providing homes and habitat superior quality, detail and perfection should be your standards.

These are the standards that the Trump Organization demands throughout its projects and as a recent member of New Jersey Audubon's Corporate Stewardship Council (CSC), these are the standards they are implementing for their habitat restoration project at the Trump National Golf Club located in Bedminster, NJ.

clip_image002Trump National has been working diligently over the winter months to removal non-native invasive vegetation from the property to prepare for native vegetation seeding and plantings this spring. By establishing these habitat meadows around the course, consisting of native wildflowers and warm-season grasses, as well as planting native trees and shrubs around wetland and other riparian zones on the property, the course’s value to migratory birds and pollinators will be significantly enhanced. "It's pretty exciting to see the variety of migrants already coming through the property", said John Parke, Stewardship Project Director for New Jersey Audubon. "Ring-necked Ducks and Hooded Merganser have already arrived and are using the on-site water features."

clip_image004Trump staff, with assistance from NJ Audubon and the USFWS, have placed numerous bird nesting boxes on site in anticipation of the spring migrants. Turning a negative into a positive many of the downed trees felled on site from hurricane Sandy, in particular red cedar, were salvaged by Trump staff and utilized for posts for the kestrel nest boxes that have been placed on site.

The American Kestrel is the smallest falcon in North America and it has recently been placed on NJ's Threatened Species list." said Parke. "One of the main reasons for its decline is the lack of habitat and scarcity of nest sites. Being a secondary cavity nester, it does not excavate its own nest cavity, the kestrel requires a hole in a tree, like an abandoned woodpecker hole." added Parke. "However, this little falcon will readily utilize man-made nest boxes. So with the nest boxes in place overlooking the open areas of the course, as well as the grassland restoration areas, I guess you can say that the American Kestrel will now also experience luxury living at a Trump property."

Photos by John Parke and B. Dalton