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Bird American Kestrel Boxes, March 26, 2013MassDOT highway signs are doing double duty in several Connecticut River Valley locations- directing traffic and providing a home for small falcons.

Representatives from Mass Fisheries & Wildlife and MassDOT previously worked together on Peregrine Falcon nesting boxes, and now introduced the idea of using nesting boxes for the American Kestrel (Falco sparverius), the smallest falcon in North America.

Highway District Two staff from Bridge, Traffic, and Maintenance worked together on the nesting project, finding locations in the Connecticut River Valley along MassDOT highway corridors suitable for Kestrels.  Fish & Wildlife constructed the boxes. 

District 2 Maintenance this week installed a total of 9 bird houses along I-91 and Route 116. Four bird houses were attached to the back of highway signs, above, and five were installed roadside on posts.

This team effort across state agencies again furthers MassDOT's GreenDOT goals, enhancing the environment along a transportation corridor.

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