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Nesting Habitat and Nest Failures of the Everglad Snail Kite on Kissimmee Lakes and Nesting, Recruiting and Foraging Ecology of the Florida Snail Kite in Lake Tohopekaliga


March 2008 - March 2013


The Snail Kite is a federally endangered raptor whose population in Florida has recently undergone precipitous declines. The remaining population remains heavily dependent upon the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes (KCOL), a group of lakes in central-Florida that is subject to many anthropogenic influences, including water and vegetation management. It is therefore crucial to gain an understanding of how the habitat on these lakes influences kite reproduction as well as determining reasons for nesting failure and success.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 238

Phd Students: 144

Post Docs: 54

University Staff: 239

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 673

Scientific Publications: 1905

Presentations: 4235



  • Wiley KitchensPrincipal Investigator
  • Jean OlbertStudent
  • Kyle PiasStudent

Funding Agencies

  • Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Comission


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey