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Audubon to present ‘Bird’s Secret Lives’

By Staff | Jan 31, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Dr. Ken Meyer

The Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society will host lecture favorite Dr. Ken Meyer, with the University of Florida’s Department of Wildlife Ecology, for a presentation, “Bird’s Secret Lives,” on Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. at The Community House, at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.

Founder of the Avian Research and Conservation Institute, he will report on how ARCI’s field and tracking studies reveal clues and uncover mysteries that help to protect the future of birds. Meyer will cover ARCI’s study findings on three species of particular interest to the islands: mangrove cuckoos, swallow-tailed kites and reddish egrets.

ARCI’s long-term swallow-tailed kite research took on a more direct connection to Sanibel when it deployed one of its solar-powered, GPS-equipped transmitters on an adult kite raising a family on one of the the island’s conservation tracts. Named “Sanibel,” its travels since will be discussed. In addition, management concerns and ornithological curiosity drove ARCI’s recent studies of the mangrove cuckoo and reddish egret. Some of the goals of the studies have been determining seasonal movements, if any, of the species and the breeding locations of the cuckoo. Meyer will visually cover the results of all three studies and help attendees consider what the future might be for the species.

Meyer honed his field work in the public sector as a research biologist at the Big Cypress National Preserve and Everglades National Park. Utilizing modern continent-spanning satellite and radio transmission techniques, through the ARCI, he is gathering data in an effort to determine nesting regimens, demographics and migration information for species not previously thoroughly studied.

This is the fifth of eight Sanibel-Captiva Audubon lecture to be held this season. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and parking is available at The Community House, as well as at BIG ARTS Strauss Theater.

PHOTO PROVIDED Swallow-tailed kite

A $10 donation per attendee is appreciated, with the proceeds after costs being used to promote conservation on Sanibel and in Florida.

For information, call Bill Jacobson at 239-395-1878 or visit www.san-capaudubon.org.

PHOTO PROVIDED Reddish egrets