Swallow-Tailed Kites and Climate Change

Swallow-Tailed Kites and Climate Change

Swallow-tailed kites underwent one of the biggest range restrictions of any birds due to habitat loss. Once found in 21 southern states; now they are only found in about 7, including South Carolina. The freshwater-forested habitats of the South Carolina’s Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge serve as crucial nesting grounds for the kites; however, these habitats are eroding from changes in climate. Dr. Maria Whitehead of the Nature Conservancy and Craig Sasser of Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge discuss how they are collaborating to understand the relationship between climate and habitat transition in order to protect this special species.

© Dr. Greg Carbone and Chandler Green of Carolinas Integrated Sciences & Assessments (CISA). To learn more about climate and conservation in the South, visit cisa.sc.edu.


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