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Today (May 05, 2006),  while conducting a cooperative survey for Alligator Snapping Turtles on the Mississippi River, MDC and IDNR biologists, 
observed an unprecedented number of Mississippi Kites utilizing the Mississippi River corridor from Picayune Chute (near Cape Rock) to just below the  railroad bridge at Chester, Illinois.  A total of 115 Mississippi Kites were observed from 8:30AM until 12:30PM.  Two major kettles were observed, consisting of 21 members and 82 members respectively!  Observations were reported by Matt Bowyer (Wildlife Management Biologist, MDC); Scott Ballard (Natural Heritage Biologist, IDNR); and Mark Guetersloh (Natural Heritage Biologist, IDNR).  And I thought I had a good day...


Bob Gillespie
Natural History Biologist
Southeast Region

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