Thomas W. Martin

Management Techniques for the Everglade Kite Preliminary Report

Habitat management for the everglade kite (Rostrhamus sociabilis plumbeus) began at L.oxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in April 1971. The kite feeds almost exclusively on the apple snail (Po/llacea paludosa), and efforts have been aimed at producing conditions similar to kite feeding areas in the everglades. The management unit received kite use from March to May, 1973. Investigations are now underway to determine which environmental factors limit apple snail growth and densities. This management approach shows excellent potential for long term success.