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CALENDAR January to August 2019

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 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)

 
JANUARY

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

JANUARY 8, TUESDAY, 7.p.m.  WAS BOARD MEETING AT THE GREAT PLAINS NATURE CENTER

JANUARY 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

JANUARY 15, TUESDAY, 7 p.m. PROGRAM AT THE GREAT PLAINS NATURE CENTER
“Gardening for Pollinators and other Beneficials," by Dennice Craig, Master Gardener and member of WAS. This program will explain how to create back yard gardens that will grow insects as well as flowers. Following eight guidelines, gardeners can provide food and create habitat for all the beneficial insects, not just the pollinators. In the process, gardeners create "balance", not harmony, in their gardens.

Dennice Craig is a rank amateur at birding, but an avid learner. When she became a Master Gardener Volunteer at the Sedgwick County Extension Office, she discovered she was also a rank amateur at gardening. She did not know that gardening would lead to a love of insects—but it did.

JANUARY 26, SATURDAY, 7 a.m. RED HILLS AND MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS
This trip will wander through portions of Barber, Comanche and Kiowa Counties in search of wintering birds, with an emphasis on Mountain Bluebirds and hopefully a Roadrunner or two. Meet at the Quick Trip at Maize Road and Kellogg (US 54) at 7 am. This trip will cover about 250 miles, so fill up with gas and carpool as much as possible. We will have lunch at Buster's in Sun City.   
Leader: , 519-1970

JANUARY 26, SATURDAY, 10 a.m. - noon BALD EAGLE HIKE AT CHAPLIN NATURE CENTER
Mid-winter is an exciting time to view Bald eagles in Kansas. Searching for open water, many eagles migrate down to Kansas to spend the winter.  The program will start with a 15 minute introduction to the history and adaptations of the Bald eagle. Participants will then take a 1.5 mile hike down to the Arkansas River to search for over-wintering eagles.  If you have binoculars, bring them; if not the Center can loan you a pair.  
Leader: , 620-442-4133


FEBRUARY

FEBRUARY 2, SATURDAY, 10 a.m. - noon BALD EAGLE HIKE AT CHAPLIN NATURE CENTER
The eagles will be here all winter so if you missed the first one, here is your opportunity to join in on the fun.
Leader: , 620-442-4133

FEBRUARY 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

FEBRUARY 19, TUESDAY, 7:00 p.m. PROGRAM AT THE GREAT PLAINS NATURE CENTER
"Australia: Adventures Down Under," by Jim and Patty Marlett, WAS members. Jim and Patty, along with Hal and Carol Cumberland, visited Australia for four weeks in 2015, traveling through Queensland and Tasmania. In 2017. they returned for three weeks in Victoria and South Australia.They saw a lot of scenery, and many amazing birds, mammals, reptiles and plants.
Jim Marlett is the retired Deputy Director of the Sedgwick County Zoo, and Patty retired as a naturalist at the Great Plains Nature Center. Jim is vice-president of the Wichita Audubon Society, and Patty is newsletter editor and web master.

 
MARCH

MARCH 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

MARCH 12, TUESDAY, 7.p.m.  WAS BOARD MEETING AT THE GREAT PLAINS NATURE CENTER

MARCH 16, SATURDAY, 10 a.m. - noon BALD EAGLE NEST VIEWING AT CHAPLIN NATURE CENTER
Participants will visit a local nest to observe adult and young Bald Eagles. The young eaglets will be several weeks old, so we should see some good activity. Spotting scopes will be set up at distance as not to disturb them. Participants will meet at the Chaplin Nature Center parking lot and then take a 15-minute drive to a local park.
Leader: , 620-442-4133

MARCH 19, TUESDAY, 7:00 p.m. PROGRAM AT THE GREAT PLAINS NATURE CENTER
"Birding Southern U.S. Hotspots," by Bob Gress. Florida, Texas and Arizona offer some well-known birding destinations featuring unique species in unique habitats. 2018 was a year to chase previously elusive species as well as some old favorites. This programs features Limpkins, Florida Scrub-Jays, Red-cockaded Woodpeckers, Golden-cheeked Warblers, Colima Warblers, Elf Owls, Elegant Trogons, Red-faced Warblers, hummingbirds and lots more! Bob Gress is a naturalist, photographer, and birder and is the former director of the Great Plains Nature Center.

MARCH 23, SATURDAY, 8 a.m.   PAWNEE PRAIRIE PARK FIELD TRIP
Meet at west parking lot, located south of the Maize and Pawnee intersection. We will be looking for sparrows, late winter visitors and early spring migrants.
Leader: , 889-5434

MARCH 30, SATURDAY, 9 a.m.   INVASIVE PLANT REMOVAL IN OAK PARK
Asian bush honeysuckle is an invasive plant that is causing serious habitat damage in many Wichita parks. We'll spend 3 - 4 hours removing these plants, directed by the Wichita Parks Department staff. Tools, gloves and bottled water will be provided. This is good exercise and a postive contribution to preserving habitat quality at one of our best local birding spots. Meet by the stone arch at the southwest corner of the park.
For information: , 519-1970

 
APRIL

APRIL 6, SATURDAY, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. SPRING CLEANUP AT CHAPLIN NATURE CENTER
With Earth Day right around the corner why not get an early start and volunteer at the Chaplin Nature Center. The center needs your help with a variety of outdoor projects to help get the trails and facility in tip-top shape for school programs and visitors.  Be sure to wear old clothes and bring a pair of work gloves. Soft leaf rakes and/or tree pruners needed. Call the center if you have questions.
Leader: , 620-442-4133

APRIL 6, SATURDAY, 6:30 a.m. CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY RAMBLING FIELD TRIP
We will explore the scenic Cross Timbers region in search of early spring migrants. Meet at the Andover Dillons parking lot (AT US 400 and Andover Road) and carpool from there. Lunch at a restaurant in Sedan.
Leader: , 706-9116

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

APRIL 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

APRIL 16, TUESDAY, 7:00 p.m.  PROGRAM AT THE GREAT PLAINS NATURE CENTER
“Birdsong: Bird Are Liars, and Girls Sing Too," by Rachel Roth, Naturalist at the Great Plains Nature Center.
We've all enjoyed the dawn chorus of birds, but have you wondered what they are saying? How do they make such elaborate sounds? How do they know what to sing? We'll discuss why the sounds of birds are more complicated than our field guides can say.
Rachel Roth is the Great Plains Nature Center's resident bird nerd who got hooked on all things feathered while studying Wildlife Management & Ecology at K-State. An award-winning science interpreter and GPNC Naturalist for 4 years, Rachel also worked as a wildlife field technician studying birds in the tallgrass prairie and arctic tundra before returning to her Wichita hometown.

 
MAY

MAY 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

MAY 18, SATURDAY, 8 a.m. QUIVIRA NWR AND CHEYENNE BOTTOMS FIELD TRIP
Meet at the Quviria National Wildlife Refuge headquarters and bring a lunch. See migrant shorebirds and other unique wetland wilflife in these nationally renowned locations.
Leader: , 706-9116

MAY 21, TUESDAY, 7:00 p.m. PROGRAM AT THE GREAT PLAINS NATURE CENTER
Members Photography
Since the Wichita Audubon Society is full of adventurous people capturing nature, wildlife, scenery, sunsets and excitement in photos, our May program is going to be comprised of photos from our own members.

MAY 29,30,31 WEDNESDAY - FRIDAY  ROARING RIVER EXTENDED FIELD TRIP
Join us as we explore the Ozark woodlands in and around Roaring River SP in search of the many colorful resident birds of that area. Our targets include the Cerulean Warbler and the Worm-eating Warbler. Details to be announced.
Leaders: , 942-2164 and , 706-9116

 
JUNE

JUNE 1, SATURDAY, 7 - 9 p.m. EVENING KAYAK FLOAT AT CHAPLIN NATURE CENTER
Take a 3.5-mile float trip down the Arkansas River to take in the scenery and search for wildlife. This trip is open to beginners and experienced kayakers. Participants should bring water, a complete change of clothes (including shoes), and be prepared to get wet and muddy. Space is limited. Pre-registration required. All proceeds help support the Chaplin Nature. Cost: $25.00 per person.
Leader: , 620-442-4133

JUNE 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

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

JUNE 15, SATURDAY, 8 a.m. DERBY CANOE LAUNCH AND CALHOUN ACRES FIELD TRIP
Meet at the Derby Canoe Launch on 71st Street. At 63rd and Patriot Ave turn west, cross the river, then turn south at Grove. Follow Grove way back to the canoe launch site.
Leader:

 
JULY

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

JULY 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

JULY 13, SATURDAY, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.  BUTTERFLY COUNT AT CHAPLIN NATURE CENTER
This is a citizen scientist survey of the Arkansas City area and all data collected is sent to the North American Butterfly Association. During the survey, we hike the trails of the Nature Center identifying and counting all butterflies we encounter. Close focus binoculars are used to aid in identification. You can join us for the full day or just a half day. Please call if planning to attend. For more information, call the Center.
Leader: , 620-442-4133

JULY 16, TUESDAY, 6 p.m. ANNUAL PICNIC
Meet at the Great Plains Nature Center for an air-conditioned pot luck dinner. Bring a dish to share and your own service. Drinks will be provided. After the meal we'll have a short program in the auditorium.

 
AUGUST

AUGUST 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

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