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All About Swallow-tailed Kites

Andrew West-The News Press
Swallow Tailed Kite Not Flying!

A few weeks ago News Press Storyteller and WGCU essayistAmy 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.

Rachel Iacovone is a reporter and associate producer of Gulf Coast Live for WGCU News. Rachel came to WGCU as an intern in 2016, during the presidential race. She went on to cover Florida Gulf Coast University students at President Donald Trump's inauguration on Capitol Hill and Southwest Floridians in attendance at the following day's Women's March on Washington.Rachel was first contacted by WGCU when she was managing editor of FGCU's student-run media group, Eagle News. She helped take Eagle News from a weekly newspaper to a daily online publication with TV and radio branches within two years, winning the 2016 Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award for Best Use of Multimedia in a cross-platform series she led for National Coming Out Day. She also won the Mark of Excellence Award for Feature Writing for her five-month coverage of an FGCU student's transition from male to female.As a WGCU reporter, she produced the first radio story in WGCU's Curious Gulf Coast project, which answered the question: Does SWFL Have More Cases of Pediatric Cancer?Rachel graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a bachelor's degree in journalism.