Orange Audubon Society

program

Thursday, January 19, 2017 (7-9 PM)

Swallow-tailed Kites

by Dr. Ken Meyer 

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 January program, Dr. Meyer will fill us in on current knowledge of these birds and possibly ask for help in tracking and nest-locating projects next season. He is one of our most popular return speakers

Orange Audubon Societies programs are free and no reservations are necessary. Programs are held in the Camellia Room of Leu Gardens,1920 N. Forest Avenue, Orlando (for directions, visit http://www.leugardens.org/plan/directions.htm). For additional information, call 407-637-2525. 


See the Winners of

Orange Audubon Society's

2016 (28th Annual)

Kit and Sidney Chertok

Nature Photography Contest

Click here to see

The 2016 winners


Chimney Swift Tower

at Orlando Wetlands Park

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