Joint Ecosystem Modeling


Snail Kite photo by Vince Lamb
Photo by Vince Lamb

The Everglade snail kite (Rostrhamous sociabilis plumbeus) is a federally listed endangered species found in southern and central Florida, including the Everglades. There is considerable interest in the snail kite as part of the Everglades restoration plan, as their limited range makes them a good indicator for the integrity of the network of wetlands in this area.

EverKite is a spatially explicit, individual-based simulation model designed as a management scenario evaluation tool for the Everglade snail kite population. The model aims at projecting the effects of changes in hydrology of the major wetlands of southern and central Florida on the movement, reproductive success and mortality of the snail kite.