Friends Annual Meeting will be on Saturday, February 29 at Refuge headquarters off Route 347. Meet and greet will begin at 9:30 a.m. The Friends merchandise tent will be open. The meeting will begin at 10:00. Lunch will be catered by Ken and Rose McCain. In the afternoon we will visit the historic, private Vista property, which is adjacent to the headquarters.
If you want to purchase any items of Friends merchandise, remember to bring your check book or cash. We are not yet set up to accept cards.
Dr. Ken Meyer, Executive Director of the Avian Research and Conservation Institute (ARCI) will discuss tracking studies and conservation issues of Swallow-tailed Kites through their annual cycle. ARCI has been studying Swallow-tailed Kites since 1988, discovering their migration routes and winter range and all aspects of needs and threats along the way. The Friends sponsored the tagging of a Kite, Suwannee, who spends part of his year on the Refuge. Ken will be able to let us know how he is doing on his migration.
After lunch, we will be able to visit the Vista property. Many thanks to Friends life members Richie and Sandra Smith, and Linda Roe Alexander for making this possible. They will open it exclusively for this event. See more about Vista here.