NATURE NOTES: Kites with No Strings Attached

A Mississippi Kite rests on a wire.

There is a group of very aerobatic, insect-eating raptors that call our area home: the kites.

They are some of the most graceful raptors with sleek bodies, long, pointed wings and small, rounded heads. We have three species of kites that live in our area, although only one lives here year-round.

Martin Hagne is the Executive Director at Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving the birds and their habitats. Learn more about the observatory at

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