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CALENDAR - August - December 2018

 

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Program meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month, 7:00 p.m. at the Great Plains Nature Center, 6232 E. 29th St N. (29th and Woodlawn), Wichita, KS, 316-683-5499. All programs and field trips are free and open to the public.

We hold a bird walk in Chisholm Creek Park the second Saturday of each month. Information about field trips will also be posted on the Kansas bird listserve (KSBIRD-L)

 
AUGUST

AUGUST 12, SATURDAY , 8 a.m.   SECOND SATURDAY BIRD WALK
Bring your binoculars and discover the ever changing varieties of birds that visit and live in Chisholm Creek Park. No birding experience is expected or needed, no membership in any organization is required, and no question is too elementary. Expect 1-2 miles of walking on paved paths. The walk will last approximately 90 minutes. Meet at the Great Plains Nature Center parking lot
For information: , 706-9116


SEPTEMBER

SEPTEMBER 8, SATURDAY, 8 a.m.   SECOND SATURDAY BIRD WALK
Bring your binoculars and discover the ever changing varieties of birds that visit and live in Chisholm Creek Park. No birding experience is expected or needed, no membership in any organization is required, and no question is too elementary. Expect 1-2 miles of walking on paved paths. The walk will last approximately 90 minutes. Meet at the Great Plains Nature Center parking lot
For information: , 706-9116

SEPTEMBER 8, SATURDAY, 7:45 - 9 p.m.  STAR PROGRAM AT CHAPLIN NATURE CENTER
Are you curious about stars and constellations? If so, this is your opportunity to learn about the night sky with the Kansas Astronomical Observers.  The KAO will be on-hand to share their knowledge and answer questions.  Through the use of telescopes participants will view Saturn, double stars, and other deep sky objects. Participants are welcome to bring their own telescopes to join in on the fun. 
For information: , 620-442-4133

SEPTEMBER 18, TUESDAY, 7:00 p.m.  PROGRAM AT THE GREAT PLAINS NATURE CENTER
"Chaplin Nature Center," by Shawn Silliman, director of Chaplin Nature Center.
Our first meeting of the new calendar year will be presented by Shawn Silliman, Naturalist of the Chaplin Nature Center. The Chaplin Nature Center has been owned and operated by the Wichita Audubon Society since 1973 and is its greatest on-going conservation and education project. Shawn's program will focus on the interesting sights of the Center, upcoming projects and a report on the Center's past year.

SEPTEMBER 22-23, SATURDAY & SUNDAY   MORTON COUNTY
We will spend a day and a half enjoying the hotspots around Elkhart and the Cimmaron National Grasslands in southwest Kansas. While exploring this unique region of the state we will be searching for fall migrant and resident species unique to the area. Trips will depart Saturday and Sunday mornings at 7:30 AM from the El Rancho Motel parking lot in Elkhart. You are responsible for your own lodging, with recommended lodging at the El Rancho Motel or at any of the hotels in nearby Hugoton.
Leader:  , 737-1307

SEPTEMBER 22, SATURDAY, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.  MONARCH BUTTERFLY TAGGING - NATURE DAY CELEBRATION AT CHAPLIN NATURE CENTER
Don’t miss this once a year opportunity to participate in the monarch butterfly migration. Families can learn about this unique migration and participate in on-going monarch research by helping to capture and tag the migrating monarchs. Leaders from the Wichita Audubon Society will be offering a variety of nature hikes throughout the day. Kids can try their hand at butterfly origami. Whether you like birds, butterflies, or reptiles there will be a little something for you to enjoy. Lunch will be available for purchase. Admittance is free.
Leader: , 620-442-4133

 
OCTOBER

OCTOBER 9, TUESDAY, 7.p.m.  WAS BOARD MEETING AT THE GREAT PLAINS NATURE CENTER

OCTOBER 13, SATURDAY, 8 a.m. SECOND SATURDAY BIRD WALK
Bring your binoculars and discover the ever changing varieties of birds that visit and live in Chisholm Creek Park. No birding experience is expected or needed, no membership in any organization is required, and no question is too elementary. Expect 1-2 miles of walking on paved paths. The walk will last approximately 90 minutes. Meet at the Great Plains Nature Center parking lot For information: , 706-9116

OCTOBER 13, SATURDAY, 9:45 a.m. CHISHOLM CREEK PARK CLEANUP
Join us after the second Saturday bird walk to collect trash and keep our adopted park looking nice. Bring gloves, we'll provide trash bags, along with coffee and donuts.
Leader:

OCTOBER 16, TUESDAY, 7:00 p.m. PROGRAM AT THE GREAT PLAINS NATURE CENTER
"A Window to South-Central Kansas' Prairies: History and Ecology of WSU's Biological Field Station," by Dexter Mardis.Dexter Mardis is the Manager of WSU's Biological Field Station. Starting with a donation of 172 acres, the WSU Field Station has served as an outdoor classroom and laboratory since 1984. Largely thanks to Dr. Donald "Doc" Distler, who passed away in 2017, the Field Station has grown into a network of four reserves that are spread across three counties, and encompasses 5,300 acres. Researchers and students from across the region have studied at the reserves, and some of the studies are sister-sites with projects across the globe. Dexter will take the audience on a perambulation that explores the history of Field Station, its current activities, and some future goals. He'll probably also show many photos of the plants (>600 species) and animals (>400 vertebrate species) found on the reserves.

OCTOBER 19, FRIDAY, 7 - 9 p.m. FAMILY NIGHT HIKE AND CAMPFIRE AT CNC
Take a twilight hike down to the sandy banks of the Arkansas River. Once at the river we will start our campfire the old fashion way with flint and steel. If successful, roast a few marshmallows, share some stories, and play a few games. Afterwards the group will hike back through the woods without flashlights.  No fee, but reservations required.
For reservations and information: , 620-442-4133

OCTOBER 20, SATURDAY, 8 a.m. EL DORADO LAKE FIELD TRIP
Meet at McDonald's in El Dorado at 8:00 AM. We will survey the perimeter
of the lake for gulls and waterfowl and the surrounding prairie for sparrows and other fall migrants.
Leader: , 889-5434

 
NOVEMBER

NOVEMBER 10, SATURDAY, 8 a.m. SECOND SATURDAY BIRD WALK
Bring your binoculars and discover the ever changing varieties of birds that visit and live in Chisholm Creek Park. No birding experience is expected or needed, no membership in any organization is required, and no question is too elementary. Expect 1-2 miles of walking on paved paths. The walk will last approximately 90 minutes. Meet at the Great Plains Nature Center parking lot For information: , 706-9116

NOVEMBER 10, SATURDAY, 3 p.m. CRANES AND GEESE AT QUIVIRA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
Meet at Quivira headquaters at 3 p.m. to see the spectacle of thousands of geese and Sandhill Cranes coming in to roost. If our timing is right we might see Whooping Cranes, too.
Leader: , 942-2164

NOVEMBER 13, TUESDAY, 7.p.m.  WAS BOARD MEETING AT THE GREAT PLAINS NATURE CENTER

NOVEMBER 16, FRIDAY, 6:30 - 8 p.m. OWL PROWL
Why have owls traditionally considered to be bad omens?  Or why did some people in the southeastern United States take off an article of clothing when they heard an owl?   Find out the truth about owls and their many adaptations that have made them one of the most successful and mysterious nocturnal animals. A short indoor presentation on the owls of Kansas will be followed by an outdoor night hike to listen for their calls.
Leader: , (620)442-4133

NOVEMBER 20, TUESDAY, 7:00 p.m. PROGRAM AT THE GREAT PLAINS NATURE CENTE
"Returning the black-footed ferret to Kansas – a challenging prospect," by Dr. Sandy Wilson, Director of the Animal Health at the Sedgwick County Zoo. Dr. Sandy Wilson has been working at the Sedgwick County Zoo for the past 19 years and was recently appointed Director of Animal Health. She has been coordinating the Zoo's participation in the annual black-footed ferret survey conducted in Logan County each fall. She will share stories of what it is like to search for the elusive ferrets, how and why we trap them, and the information we learn from doing veterinary examinations of the animals.

 
DECEMBER

DECEMBER 8, SATURDAY, 8 a.m. SECOND SATURDAY BIRD WALK
Bring your binoculars and discover the ever changing varieties of birds that visit and live in Chisholm Creek Park. No birding experience is expected or needed, no membership in any organization is required, and no question is too elementary. Expect 1-2 miles of walking on paved paths. The walk will last approximately 90 minutes. Meet at the Great Plains Nature Center parking lot
For information:, 706-9116

CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNTS
These annual events are all-day efforts to census all birds with pre-established 15-mile diameter circles. The results are reported to the National Audubon Society and the Kansas Ornithological Society. Remember to dress for the weather and expect to do a fair amount of walking. Most counts have a compilation at the end of the day. Inform the compiler if you plan to attend so they can plan ahead.

DECEMBER 15, SATURDAY, 7:30 a.m.  WICHITA CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
Meet at the Great Plains Nature Center parking lot. Compilation: 5:30 p.m. at the Great Plains Nature Center. Chili and beverages will be provided.
Compiler: , 706-9116

DECEMBER 16, SUNDAY, 7:30 a.m.  WINFIELD/UDALL CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
Meet at the Beech Science Center, Southwestern College at 7:30 a.m.
Compiler: , 620-221-1856

DECEMBER 18, TUESDAY, 8 a.m.   EL DORADO CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
Meet at the El Dorado McDonald's on West Central. Contact the compiler if you plan to attend.
Compiler: , 323-4921

DECEMBER 19, WEDNESDAY, 8 a.m.  SLATE CREEK CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
Meet at the Slate Valley Baptist Church, 7 miles south of Oxford, at 8 a.m.
Compiler: , 620-660-0547

DECEMBER 21, FRIDAY, 7:30 a.m.   SEDAN CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
Meet at Granny Wolfe's Green Door Café (north side of W. Main in Sedan) 7:30 for breakfast or 8:00 to start birding.
Compiler: , 323-4921

DECEMBER 22, SATURDAY, 8 a.m.   ARKANSAS CITY CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
Meet at Newman Park on Hwy 77, just north of the Arkansas River, at 8 a.m.
Compiler: , 620-660-0547

DECEMBER 29, SATURDAY, 7:30 a.m.    RED HILLS CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
Meet at the Medicine River Truck Stop, 301 N Fowler in Medicine Lodge, at the junction of US 160 and US 281. Groups will depart at 7:30 a.m. Bring a lunch.
Compiler: , 519-1970

JANUARY 5, SATURDAY, 8 a.m.   MARION CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
Meet at the Wendy's in Hillsboro at 8 a.m. for assignments.
Compiler: , 670-3140