A Swallow-tailed Kite’s 10,000-mile Journey: A Black and White Odyssey
Open Oct. 12–Apr. 13, 2014 | Free AdmissionThrough paint, photos and poetry, experience the beauty of Swallow-tailed Kites and the story of their annual 10,000-mile round-trip migration from Florida to South America. "A Black and White Odyssey" immerses visitors in the fascinating journey of these imperiled birds.
Artist Margo McKnight teams with Ken Meyer of the Avian Research and Conservation Institute to share the complex life of these rare and beautiful birds of prey in intimate detail, highlighting the institute’s efforts to track and study them. Using satellite telemetry, the institute is studying the birds’ perilous migration. The data collected from adults and nestlings tagged with VHF transmitters is used to help protect Swallow-tailed Kites and other rare and imperiled bird species. The work lays a foundation for action by advising government agencies, training wildlife professionals and promoting public appreciation for science-based conservation.
McKnight’s work spans between science and fine art, and her intrigue with wildlife and wilderness has taken her around the world.
Sometimes it is not enough to simply enjoy painting, photography or the written word. We are changing our world more quickly than wild things can adapt to, and so we must act now. Swallow-tailed Kites need our help. Through art and science, I hope to share my passion to save quickly disappearing wildlife and places. Conserving the wild world also conserves humanity and all that makes us human.
- View oil paintings that tell the story of Swallow-tailed Kites’ annual migration and natural history.
- Discover details of a Kite’s yearly struggle for survival through field sketches, photos and poetry.
- Enjoy videos of adult Kites feeding 14-day-old nestlings.
- Learn how you can help protect and preserve rare and imperiled birds of Florida.
Did you know?
- The U.S. range of the Swallow-tailed Kite is now a third of its historic size.
- Kites nest near the tops of the tallest available trees.
- Avian Research and Conservation Institute staff members climbs trees to mark young and install artificial nests—which requires skill, nerve and faith in ropes!
- Make a difference in the future of Swallow-tailed kites by submitting your observations to Avian Research and Conservation Institute.
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