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5th Annual Swallow-tailed Kite Outing

July 21, 2018

The Lower Savannah River Alliance’s 5th Annual Swallow-tailed Kite Outing. Register online now at http://bit.ly/KiteOuting2018.

The Swallow-tailed Kite, with its distinct black and white plumage, is one of the most elegant birds of the Americas. It’s unmistakable in the summer skies above the Savannah River swamps. They gracefully glide with minimal wing beats. Maneuver quick acrobatic turns to capture and devour bugs in mid-flight. While using twists of their incredible scissor-tails.

Birders as well as non-birders, photographers, and naturalists of all ages can witness this amazing aerial display. While dozens of Swallow-tailed Kites and Mississippi Kites forage on insects in a long-standing kite hotspot in rural Allendale County. After rearing their young in treetop nests near the Savannah River, the Kites migrate in late summer to wintering grounds in South America.

2018 guest speaker is Tim Keyes, a wildlife biologist with the nongame conservation section of the Georgia DNR. After getting hooked on birds during a trip to Newfoundland during college, Tim has worked with birds in one capacity or another for 23 years.

Tim completed his Master’s degree at the University of Georgia in 1999 studying forest songbirds in the southern Appalachians. While living in Atlanta, Tim was on the board of the Atlanta Audubon Society, organizing field trips, an annual Birdathon fundraiser and helping start a Master Birder class. Tim has worked for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources since 2000, at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, the Forsyth nongame office, and currently works on the Georgia coast as the nongame bird biologist. He established and continues to organize the Youth Birding Competition and was an editor on Georgia’s Breeding Bird Atlas, and currently coordinates the Georgia Shorebird Alliance.

Tim’s research interests and publications have covered topics such as bird collisions in Atlanta, bird response to prescribed fire, Red Knot populations in the southeast, migratory connectivity of shorebirds and the role of predators on shorebird nesting success. Tim’s current responsibilities include management, monitoring and education primarily relating to shorebirds, seabirds, Swallow-tailed Kites and Wood Storks. Tim lives in Brunswick with his family, including wife Alice, and children Molly, Walker, Willow and Isla.

Check-in for the Kite Outing begins at 8:30 a.m. at the LSRA Education Center. A brief welcome at 9 a.m. before loading buses for the Kite fields. After viewing the Kites in flight, participants return to the Center around 11:30 a.m. for the guest speaker. Lunch follows plus closing remarks. Agenda is flexible and revolves around the appearance of the Kites. Event typically concludes by 2 p.m.

Furthermore, help spread the word by sharing this event from the Lower Savannah River Alliance Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/LowerSavannahRiverAlliance).

Finally, email jacob@savannahriverkeeper.org or phone for information at (912) 454-8048.

Lower Savannah River Alliance
12049 Burtons Ferry Hwy, Allendale, SC 29810 433 Newberry Street SW, Aiken SC, 29801
Allendale, SC 29810 United States
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