Saturday, March 1, 2014

Swallowtail Kite Sightings

From Swallowtail Kite Sighting website:
Hello Citizen Scientist,

Sightings have already begun to come in from Florida, so it's official, the Swallow-tailed Kite 2014 spring migration is in motion!

Thank you for your participation in 2013 on this project hosted by the Avian Conservation Center and Center for Birds of Prey in Charleston, South Carolina.  With your help we were able to document 3380 birds in 17 states as well as Toronto, Bermuda, and Brazil! Some birds traveled further North than we expected, and others traveled into their former range in the Midwest!

This year we're hoping to continue the increase in reporting and to engage even more Citizen Scientists in this important effort.

Swallow-tailed Kites are an avian species of concern.  Continued loss of the hardwood bottom land forest habitats they require for a successful breeding season has had an effect on the population size and reach.  This project helps identify geographic range and productivity of this unique and breathtaking species.

For more information or to report a sighting, click here:

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