Monday, November 5, 2018

Winter Update: Swallow-tailed Kites in Brazil

Do you miss the Swallow-tailed Kites as much as we do? 

As of today, 5 November, our 11 tagged kites are spending the winter in Brazil. Pritchard, OK, Lacombe, Babcock, and Bayou Vincent are the farthest south in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul.

JAX is currently the only tagged kite in the west-central state of Mato Grosso. To the northwest of JAX, in the state of Rondonia, are Wilson, Apopka, and Hobolochitto Creek.

Sawgrass and Sarasota are in the western states of Acre and Amazonas, respectively.

Palmetto’s transmitter lasted over 7 years – the longest in ARCI history. It finally stopped transmitting as she was crossing the Andes Mountains in Colombia. Her many successful past migrations lead us to believe she is still gracing the skies.