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Linking Snail Kite Foraging Activity, Habitat Quality, and Critical Demographic Parameters to Guide Effective Conservation


June 2010 - April 2012


Recent demographic studies reveal alarming trends in the snail kite population in Florida. Kite numbers have drastically declined since 1999, with the population essentially halving from 2000 to 2002 and again from 2006 to 2008.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 4

Phd Students: 5

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 3

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 8

Scientific Publications: 24

Presentations: 44



  • Wiley KitchensPrincipal Investigator
  • Christa ZweigCo-Principal Investigator
  • Robert FletcherCo-Principal Investigator
  • Jean OlbertStudent
  • Kyle PiasStudent

Funding Agencies

  • USGS


Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Florida
  5. Wildlife Management Institute