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CALENDAR - August - December 2017

 

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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 9, 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 16, SATURDAY , 8 a.m.   QUIVIRA NWR AND CHEYENNE BOTTOMS FIELD TRIP
Meet at the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge headquarters at 8 a.m. and bring a lunch. See migrant shorebirds and other unique wetland wildlife in these nationally renowned locations.
Leader: , 706-9116

SEPTEMBER 19, TUESDAY, 7:00 p.m.  PROGRAM AT THE GREAT PLAINS NATURE CENTER
"Chaplin Nature Center," by Shawn Silliman, director of Chaplin Nature Center.
Shawn's program will focus on the Chaplin Nature Center. He will give a sneak preview of this year's upcoming public programs and share some of the sights that one might expect to see while walking on the trails. He will also provide an update of some recent biological surveys in and around the property.

SEPTEMBER 24, SATURDAY, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.  MONARCH BUTTERFLY TAGGING - NATURE DAY CELEBRATION AT CHAPLIN NATURE CENTER
Here is a perfect opportunity for families to discover the butterflies, birds and plants in Kansas. Participants can learn about the monarch migration and have an opportunity to capture and tag monarchs. In addition to the tagging, nature hikes focusing on birds, plants and other wildlife are scheduled for 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. Lunch will be available for purchase. Leader: , 620-442-4133

 
OCTOBER

OCTOBER 10, TUESDAY, 7.p.m.  WAS BOARD MEETING AT THE GREAT PLAINS NATURE CENTER

OCTOBER 14, 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 14, SATURDAY, 7:30 - 9 p.m. STAR PROGRAM
Members of the Kansas Astronomical Observers will be setting up telescopes in the Chaplin Nature Center parking lot for an evening of stargazing. The planet Saturn and other heavenly objects should be visible. Dress for the outdoors. Free.
Leader: , 620-442-4133

OCTOBER 17, TUESDAY, 7:00 p.m. PROGRAM AT THE GREAT PLAINS NATURE CENTER
"The Galapagos Islands - A World Away," by Jim Griggs, wildlife photographer. Jim will share his adventures in one of the most amazing wildlife destinations on earth. In “Darwin’s Enchanted Islands,” birds and other wildlife are so easily approached one hardly needs binoculars.

OCTOBER 21, SATURDAY, 6:45 a.m. FALL BIRDING IN THE CROSS TIMBERS
We will meet at the Dillons parking lot at Kellogg and Andover Rd, departing at 6:45 am. This trip will wander through the scenic Cross Timbers region, visiting Fall River and Toronto Reservoirs. Expect a good variety of waterfowl, gulls, terns, raptors and a number of other bird species. Bring along something for lunch as this trip will take up the majority of the daylight hours. A State Park Permit will be needed for each vehicle.
Leader: , 519-1970

 
NOVEMBER

NOVEMBER 3, FRIDAY, 6 - 8 p.m. SUNSET - MOONRISE HIKE
The sun will be setting at 6:28 pm and the almost full moon will be rising 7 minutes later. Participants will take a ¾-mile hike down the sandy shores of the Arkansas River to witness this celestial exchange.  Afterwards we will hike back to the Visitors' Center by the light of the moon.
Leader: , (620)442-4133

NOVEMBER 4, 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 11, 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 14, TUESDAY, 7.p.m.  WAS BOARD MEETING AT THE GREAT PLAINS NATURE CENTER

NOVEMBER 21, TUESDAY, 7:00 p.m. PROGRAM AT THE GREAT PLAINS NATURE CENTE
"The Flying Flowers of Kansas," by Jim Mason, director of the Great Plains Nature Center. This program on Kansas butterflies fwill feature the 61 different species illustrated in the GPNC Pocket Guide to Common Kansas Butterflies. Jim will discuss the life history of butterflies, their plant associations, and reveal some of their unique features and capabilities.

 
DECEMBER

DECEMBER 9, 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, FRIDAY, 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 16, 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 17, 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 19, TUESDAY, 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 20, 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 23, 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 30, 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 6, SATURDAY, 8 a.m.   MARION CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
Meet at the Wendy's in Hillsboro at 8 a.m. for assignments.
Compiler: , 670-3140