2023—Kiss and Tell

In an avian version of “kiss and tell” a male Snail Kite announces his successful coupling with a female Snail Kite, barely visible behind a clump of Swamp Bayberry (also known as Wax Myrtle) on Sturm Island in Lake Kissimmee, Florida last month. We were so fortunate to skim across the lake in an airboat that took us to places inaccessible by land to witness natural events like the mating of the endangered Snail Kite. We were told that there were a couple of active nests on the lake being monitored by Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Department so they were off limits to us but it was encouraging to witness what is the future of the Snail Kite.