Black Swifts: The Coolest Bird, Kim Potter

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Naturalist Nights 2012 | Kim Potter

In her lecture Kim lead us into the world of Black Swifts. Black swifts undergo an extraordinary migrational journey; twice a year they travel thousands of miles between their breeding grounds in North America and their winter habitat in the Neotropics. Black Swifts are a bird of conservation concern, and knowing where they breed and where they winter is essential to conserving the habitats upon which they depend. We are fortunate to have these birds breed in the Roaring Fork Valley. With funding help from Roaring Fork Audubon, Kim outfitted swifts with transmitters which enabled her to follow them on their migration. We now have information about where they winter, which can be as far away as the Andes of Peru, something not known until this study.

Kim Potter was raised on a dairy farm in Wisconsin and earned a BA in Biology. After completing Wildlife Management classes from Oregon State University, Kim became a field biologist with the Forest Service.

Naturalist Nights are brought to you through a partnership between Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, Wilderness Workshop and Roaring Fork Audubon.

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