Our October program will feature Tyler Beck, Snail Kite Conservation Coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
"I grew up in Lake Placid, FL where my father was a high school biology teacher and I attended biological camps at the nearby Archbold Biological Station. I received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Florida Gulf Coast University. Afterwards, I did an internship back at Archbold Biological Station in their Avian Ecology lab working with Florida Scrub Jays. After that I conducted radio telemetry on Great Egrets and White Ibis throughout the Everglades and started my Master’s Degree at Florida Atlantic University. My thesis research involved characterizing the unique avian communities of the Everglades Stormwater Treatment Areas. In 2011 I started working for Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission doing wetland restoration and bird monitoring in Lake Okeechobee. For the past 6 years I’ve been the Snail Kite Conservation Coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation."
According to Mr. Beck, (quoted by the Florida Center for Environmental Studies 2018) there has been an astonishing 533% increase in the number of Snail Kite nests in the restored Kissimmee River. Between 2016 and 2018, there was astounding number of successful nests with an increase from two to twenty-five – an increase of 1150%! Nesting success means that at least one chick survives and thrives.
These birds have adapted and overcome the loss of their primary food - the Apple Snail. But there are still challenges for their continued survival. Learn about this special species.
This meeting will be a virtual meeting conducted over Zoom. Reservations required.
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