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Swallow-tailed Kite by Mary Keim
The gorgeous Swallow-tailed Kites arrive in Florida in spring to breed and leave in late summer for their relatively slow annual trip to South America. Swallow-tailed Kites once nested throughout the Mississippi and Ohio River valleys, but almost all breeding sites are now in Florida.
Virtually all of what is known about these raptors comes from the research of Dr. Ken Meyer, co-founder, Executive Director, and Research Ecologist at the nonprofit Avian Research and Conservation Institute (ARCl) in Gainesville.
Although tracking Swallow-tailed Kites is their greatest research focus, Dr. Meyer and associates also study the Short-tailed Hawk, Snail Kite, Great Horned Owl, Southeastern American Kestrel, Crested Caracara, Northern Harrier, and Bald Eagle. ARCl, a non-profit funded by donations, is also doing research on the Magnificent Frigatebird, White-crowned Pigeon, Limpkin, Wood Stork, Reddish Egret and Great White Heron.
For Orange Audubon Society’s (OAS’) January program, he will fill us in on current knowledge of these raptors and possibly ask for help in tracking and nest locating projects next season. Dr. Meyer has presented to OAS several times in past years and is one of our most popular return speakers.
Join us January 19th for a fascinating program.