Swallow-tailed Kite Migration: 5,000 Miles of Conservation Concerns in a Changing World
Prior to the 1900s, Swallow-tailed Kites nested in 21 states, but a decline from 1880 to 1940 resulted in a present scattered population in six southeastern states. Since 1988, the Avian Research and Conservation Institute (ARCI) has studied the ecology and behavior of Swallow-tailed Kites to inform management and conservation planning. ARCI has used satellite telemetry to describe the 10,000-mile round-trip migration of U.S Swallow-tailed Kites and to identify impacts on survival and reproduction. Join Dr. Ken Meyer, founder of ARCI, as he shares his experiences supporting the management and conservation of rare birds.