FW: Wanted: short tailed hawk and swallow tailed kite records
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Subject: Wanted: short tailed hawk and swallow tailed kite records
The Avian Research and Conservation Institute is seeking help finding short-tailed hawk and swallow-tailed kite nesting activitiy in Florida during the 2006 breeding season.. Please report any observations that may suggest nesting, such as repeated sightings of birds in wooded habitats, vocalizations, birds carrying nest material or food, copulation, nest building, etc.
Short tailed hawks are extremely rare (probably less than 200 pairs in the US , all in Florida ) and are not listed. This research is a continuation of ARCI's study of nesting ecology from 1998 to 2001, which found poor nesting success, egg-stage failures from unknown causes, and a dependence on large tracts of mature forest. The main objectives are to locate and monitor as many nesting territories as possible, determine land ownership, identify causes of failures, radio tag juvenile hawks, and monitor annual movements and survival.
The swallow-tailed kite nests will be used for a long term radio-telemetry study of juvenile survival and recruitment. This project will track kites from fledging through the first four years of life to guide demographic modeling, predictions of population trends, and management action.. Reports of nesting activity in northern and central Florida will be extremely useful.
Send your reports to zimmerman@..., including your contact information, a detailed location, land ownership (if known), a description of what you saw, and any history of such activity in the vicinity.
A FWC State Wildlife Grant is helping to support these efforts.