Clearwater Audubon Monthly Meeting
Guest Speaker: Ken Meyer
Ken Meyer’s talk will focus on Swallow-tailed Kites. He has directed research on birds in Florida and beyond for 21 years. He founded the nonprofit Avian Research and Conservation Institute (ARCI) to study rare (and particularly unlisted) species of birds to support management and conservation planning. This research, in the southeastern US and Latin America, has addressed questions about population ecology and demography, breeding biology, migration, over-wintering biology, and year-round habitat requirements. His study subjects have included Swallow-tailed Kites, Short-tailed Hawks, White-crowned Pigeons, Snail Kites, Wood Storks, Sharp-shinned Hawks, Jabiru Storks, Great White Herons, Red-cockaded Woodpeckers, Yellow-headed Parrots, and King Vultures. These projects also have provided opportunities for training students, land managers, and other biologists here and abroad. Since 1998, Ken has served as an adjunct Associate Professor in the University of Florida’s Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, where his activities include supervising his own graduate students, who have used some of ARCI’s projects as the focus for M.S. and Ph.D. research; training and serving on the committees of other graduate students; and collaborating with colleagues on ecological studies of birds.