Annual Fund

In honor of our visiting Swallow-tailed Kite,
all Annual Fund donations made to Tyler Arboretum through
Sunday, August 22 will be MATCHED – up to $8,000!

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Have you heard?

A rare bird has been sighted at Tyler Arboretum… the Swallow-tailed Kite!

This extraordinary bird is stirring up a lot of excitement at Tyler. Visitors from far and wide are arriving for a chance to see it.

In honor of our visiting Swallow-tailed Kite, all Annual Fund donations made to Tyler Arboretum through Sunday, August 22 will be MATCHED – up to $8,000!

When I first spotted the Kite, I was filled with a deep sense of awe in witnessing such an amazing creature. The sheer majesty of its flight is remarkable! Seeing it soar above Lachford Hall gave me goosebumps.

And I felt deep gratitude that Tyler’s green space is a safe haven for this special bird, and thousands of other wildlife species! Especially as over-development and climate change are disrupting the natural world as they know it.

Will you take action now to help ensure birds like this Swallow-tailed Kite will always have a safe haven at Tyler? When you donate now, your gift of $25 will DOUBLE to $50.

That’s because every dollar you give will be matched by a generous group of Tyler Trustees, up to $8,000! Your gift will go twice as far to protect Tyler’s green space and the animals that rely on it. But hurry, you must make your donation by August 22.

In today’s world, more and more green space is disappearing. Making Tyler more and more essential for the survival of birds and other animals in our area. Your support helps ensure we have the resources we need to take care of Tyler’s natural lands, now and in the future.

ABOUT THE SWALLOW-TAILED KITE

The Swallow-tailed Kite is striking in appearance and its identification is unmistakable. All white except for its attention grabbing black and white pointed wings and black deeply forked tail it soars gracefully as it hunts for flying insects from just above tree level to heights where it is barely visible. The bird rarely flaps and rarely roosts as it hunts. It twists its long forked tail using it as a rudder to make sharp turns and tight circles in pursuit of prey.

Swallow-tailed Kites breed in the swamplands of the coastal southeastern U.S. and Gulf coast states. They do not breed further north than South Carolina. Some individuals will wander north along our east coast into New England and there are reports from March and May of this year of a Swallow-tailed Kite in Nova Scotia. They winter in Central and South America and will be headed there starting this month.

Delaware County has only one other confirmed record of Swallow-tailed Kite and it was at, you guessed it, Tyler Arboretum in 2008.

The Tyler bird could leave any time now. Presumably it will head south to join its fellow kites in migration. The best time for observing the bird is late morning and through the afternoon when the insects are flying. It has been reported from all over the arboretum but most frequently from the area of the Pinetum and Giant Sequoia.

Dave Eberly, Tyler Volunteer

One of the most gratifying things in life is to stop and appreciate nature. I hope you get a chance to visit Tyler to see the Swallow-tailed Kite for yourself. This beautiful bird deserves a protected place of refuge. And thanks to you, Tyler Arboretum is a safe haven for this bird and so many other animals. 

Please take a moment now to give $25 to care for Tyler’s green space, in honor of our visiting Swallow-tailed Kite. Your gift will DOUBLE to $50 thanks to matching funds. But only if you give by Sunday, August 22!

Thank you so much for your generosity! Because of you, birds like the Swallow-tailed Kite will always have a safe haven here.

For the love of nature,

Mandy Santiago
Executive Director
Tyler Arboretum

P.S. In honor of our visiting Swallow-tailed Kite, all Annual Fund donations made to Tyler Arboretum through Sunday, August 22 will be MATCHED – up to $8,000! When you donate now, your gift will help ensure birds like the Kite will always have a safe haven at Tyler. Thank you!

If you have already given, thank you for supporting Tyler!

Photo by John Mercer, Tyler volunteer