Swallow Tailed Kite Survey Now Underway

Swallow-tailed Kite Survey

7th Annual Audubon SC Swallow-Tailed Kite Survey
April 6-14, 2013

The Swallow-tailed Kite is an endangered-species in South Carolina and considered a species of highest conservation concern throughout its breeding range in North America. It has been recently added to the Audubon/Birdlife International/Partners In Flight WatchList.

The survey will be conducted by canoes, kayaks and motor boats along sections of the Savannah, Edisto, Santee (including Wambaw Creek) and Black (including Black Mingo Creek), the Little Pee Dee, Great Pee Dee, and Waccamaw Rivers. If you would like to volunteer on one of these days, please contact:

Audubon SC
336 Sanctuary Road
Harleyville, SC 29448
(843) 462-2150

It would be most helpful if you have a friend who could go with you and shuttle boats to starting and ending points. Start watching for the magnificent kites in late March and watch for them through the summer and report any sightings to the STKI Hotline toll free 1-888-296-4732 or the website. Your participation will help the SC Working Group for Swallow-tailed Kites monitor the species’ distribution, identify important nesting and foraging areas, and promote conservation of this important bird and its habitat.