A few weeks ago News Press Storyteller and WGCU essayist Amy Bennett Williams wrote a short piece called Where are the Swallow-tailed Kites? It was, in part, a response to a Facebook post from WGCU’s own John Davis about how he looks forward to his first sighting of the year of the soaring, seemingly elusive birds. Well, we’re going to extend that effort today with a conversation about the birds of prey with a man who has studied them for years. Dr. Ken Meyer is executive director at the Avian Research and Conservation Institute.
He’s has twice received a Partners in Flight National Research Award for studying the conservation biology of species at risk, and also a National Wildlife Stewardship Award from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative for studies of swallow-tailed kites. This Friday, April 13th, Dr. Meyer will be presenting two free programs, both titled “Swallow-tailed Kites: 10,000 Miles to Survival” ...one at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m….it’s the final presentation of the 2018 “Ding” Darling Lecture Series at J.N. “Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island.