Kate Howard completed her undergraduate degree in Wildlife Conservation and Management at Humboldt State University in northern California.
Kate is conducting her thesis research on the habitat selection of Black-shouldered Kites in Swaziland agroecosystems. She will be radio-tracking these birds to understand their wintering home ranges, landscape habitat and foraging preferences. This information will inform local Swaziland farmers how to manage their land to promote the presence of these birds.
Black-shouldered kites (Elanus caeruleus):
These birds of prey are small mammal specialists and can provide farmers with pest removal services. (Classified as Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List and listed on Appendix II of CITES).