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C. HOLLIS / ARCI “Sanibel Botanical”, a dovetail kite with a GPS transmitter on its back.
G. KENT / ARCI “Bailey’s Homestead”, a GPS-marked dovetail kite before release.
The Avian Research and Conservation Institute reported that it deployed GPS-equipped cell phone transmitters on Sanibel on two breeding adult kites, which were named “Bailey’s Property” and “Botanical Sanibel.” He is waiting for the DNA results to determine the sex of the birds.
The City of Sanibel, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation and JN “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge has coordinated efforts with advice from ARCI on the use of Australian pine trees for nesting. He said it was a community-wide project, with many local kite sightings and nest monitoring by volunteers across the island.
As interest grew and the season progressed, a private donation allowed ARCI to tag two adult kites so he could expand his current knowledge of the species to Sanibel and beyond, officials reported.
In order to safely and successfully capture a kite and equip it with a transmitter, ARCI carefully uses a trained captive owl to lure the kites into a large net. He said he was delighted to be working with the Director of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic, Breanna Frankel, and her charge, the Great Horned Owl and Ambassador CROW Mina.
If you suspect kites are nesting in your neighborhood in Sanibel, report your sighting to the Sanibel Department of Natural Resources at 239-472-3700 or contact [email protected]