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CALENDAR January to August 2018

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 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

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

JANUARY 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

JANUARY 16, TUESDAY, 7:30 p.m. PROGRAM AT THE GREAT PLAINS NATURE CENTER
“Wild Alaska," by Bob Gress, wildlife photographer and co-founder of BirdsInFocus.com. Seeing wildlife that has adapted to the stunning landscape of the North is one of the exciting reasons to visit Alaska. Muskox, Arctic Fox and Northern Fur Seals join specialized birds in this harsh environment. Some northern-adapted birds seldom venture beyond their arctic habitats. Others, often called the "Asiatics", are normally associated with Asia but have extended their ranges into and across the Bering Sea. This presentation features the wilds of Nome and St. Paul Island in search of bluethroats, puffins, auklets, jaegers, kittiwakes, ptarmigan, muskox and lots more! This program is for all those who appreciate the value of wild places and wild things!

JANUARY 20, SATURDAY, 7:30 a.m. GULLS AND MORE AT CHENEY RESERVOIR
We will meet at the Dillon's parking lot at 21st Street N and Amidon, departing at 7:30 am. We will stop briefly at the LaFarge Sandpits and then move on to Cheney Reservoir. Late January is a good time of year to see a variety of gull species, Bald Eagles and wintering waterfowl at Cheney, along with a good variety of land birds. Bring along something for lunch as we will probably be out until mid afternoon. A State Park Permit will be needed for each vehicle.  
Leader: , 519-1970

JANUARY 27, SATURDAY, 10 a.m. - noon EAGLE WATCH AT CHAPLIN NATURE CENTER
The combination of freezing temperatures and lack of tree foliage makes winter one of the best times to view Bald Eagles. After a 15-minute indoor presentation, the group will hike down to the Arkansas River to search for wintering eagles.  Be sure to dress for winter hiking.  
Leader: , 620-442-4133


FEBRUARY

FEBRUARY 3, SATURDAY, 10 a.m. - noon EAGLE WATCH 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 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

FEBRUARY 20, TUESDAY, 7:00 p.m. PROGRAM AT THE GREAT PLAINS NATURE CENTER
"Conservation in Zoos," by Dr. Jeff Ettling, Executive Director of the Sedgwick County Zoo. The conservation work done by AZA accredited zoos is more extensive than most people realize and it doesn’t just happen with the animals in their care. Sedgwick County Zoo’s new director will give us a look at this important, but lesser known aspect of zoos.

FEBRUARY 24, SATURDAY, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. BACKYARD BIRD WORKSHOP
Get ready for those spring birds with a new birdhouse or feeder. Join us at the Great Plains Nature Center. Our experts will have all the materials and tools you need and will help you put your birdhouse together. We will also have experts available for advice on feeding, watering and gardening for birds.
For Information: , 942-2164

 
MARCH

MARCH 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

MARCH 10, SATURDAY, 10 a.m. CHISHOLM CREEK PARK CLEANUP
Bring gloves and help clean up our adopted park. Meet in the Great Plains Nature Center parking lot. Cleanup will take place immediately following the bird walk.
Leader: , 634-0049

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

MARCH 17, SATURDAY, 10 a.m. - noon BALD EAGLE NEST VISIT AT CHAPLIN NATURE CENTER
The Bald Eagle nesting season is well underway in Kansas.  We will set up spotting scopes at a safe distance from the nest to give participants a chance to see an eaglet or two.  We 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 20, TUESDAY, 7:00 p.m. PROGRAM AT THE GREAT PLAINS NATURE CENTER
"A Decade of Discovering Secrets of the Scissor-tails," by Dr. Mike Husak, Professor of Biology at Cameron University. Mike will share some of the data highlights he and collaborators have discovered during a 10-year study of Scissor-tailed Flycatchers in the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge, Fort Sill Military Reservation, and the city of Lawton, Oklahoma. Using technology ranging from DNA to geospatial locators, and tracking more than 1200 nesting pairs of birds, they have discovered an amazing array of details regarding their life history that no previous study has accomplished. Who knew such a familiar prairie bird held so many secrets!

MARCH 24, 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 31, 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 7, SATURDAY, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. SPRING CLEANUP AT CHAPLIN NATURE CENTER
Volunteer to help get the Chaplin Nature Center spruced up for the upcoming year. Help is needed in all areas, from building clean-up to trail maintenance. Light duty or heavy duty work available. Soft leaf rakes and/or tree pruners needed. Call the Center for more information.
Leader: , 620-442-4133

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

APRIL 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

APRIL 17, TUESDAY, 7:00 p.m.  PROGRAM AT THE GREAT PLAINS NATURE CENTER
“Oaxaca: Birding the Heart of Mexico," by Nic Allen, president of the Kansas Ornithological Society. Nic will discuss a recent trip to the Mexican state of Oaxaca where birds, culture, and history combine to make a unique travel experience. Oaxaca is a great place to see wrens, jays, warblers and endemics.

APRIL 20 - 23, TEXAS HILL COUNTRY EXTENDED FIELD TRIP
Join us in Concan, Texas as we tour the Texas Hill Country. This area of the Edwards Plateau is where the junipers and oaks of the Hill Country meet the thick brush of South Texas. We will spend five nights at Neal's Lodges as we explore this bird-rich area to look for the specialty birds of both habitats. Our main target birds are the Golden-cheeked Warbler, endemic to Texas, and the Black-capped Vireo. We will also spend one evening at a local bat cave to observe the spectacle of Brazilian Free-tailed Bats. Contact the leader to sign up and receive addition information.
Leader: , 706-9116

 
MAY

MAY 12, SATURDAY, 9 a.m. WARBLER WALK AT OAK PARK
This traditional field trip searches for the highly sought after spring migrants at one of Wichita's finest migrant traps. Meet by the pond at the north end of the park.
Leader: , 263-1251

MAY 15, TUESDAY, 7:00 p.m. PROGRAM AT THE GREAT PLAINS NATURE CENTER
"Birding Kansas Throughout the Year," by Kevin Groeneweg, full-time birder and part-time WAS treasurer. Kansas is blessed with a wide variety of birds that can be seen throughout the year. Kevin will take us on a month-by-month journey and tell us when and where to find them.

MAY 19, SATURDAY, 10 a.m. - noon   WILD EDIBLE PLANT WALK AT CHAPLIN NATURE CENTER
Take a walk on the wild side and discover some of nature’s natural bounty.  Participants will hike along the trails and identify some of the more common edible and poisonous plants. Reservations required. Please call to reserve your space.
Leader: , 620-442-4133

MAY 19, SATURDAY, 8 a.m. SLATE CREEK WETLANDS FIELD TRIP
Slate Creek Wetlands is the Pearl of the Prairie, a unique ecosystem with ties to when Kansas was admitted to statehood. This wetland complex plays hosts to a variety of migrating shorebirds, waterfowl, other waterbirds, sparrows, flycatchers and raptors. Expect to see migrating shorebirds, terns, herons, rails, and lingering or nesting waterfowl.We will meet at Slate Valley Baptist Church at 8 am. Bring boots and mosquito spray. Water conditions will determine the amount of walking required. We will go to Chaplin Nature Center for lunch and do some more birding there in the afternoon.
Leader: , 620-660-0547  


 
JUNE

JUNE 8, FRIDAY, & JUNE 9, SATURDAY, 7 - 9:30 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 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

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

JUNE 16, 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 12, TUESDAY, 7.p.m.  WAS BOARD MEETING AT THE GREAT PLAINS NATURE CENTER

JULY 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

JULY 14, SATURDAY, 8:30 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 17, TUESDAY, 6 p.m. ANNUAL PICNIC
Meet at the Great Plains Nature Center for an air-conditioned picnic. 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 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

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

AUGUST 25, SATURDAY, 8 - 10 p.m.  MOON WALK/RUN AT CHAPLIN NATURE CENTER
Beat the heat — get outdoors and get moving with this 2-mile moon fun run or walk. Individuals and families can go at their own pace along the edge of the Center’s tall grass prairie trail.  Along the way, they can stop to test their moon knowledge and be awarded glow sticks. This non-timed event will start at 9:00 pm, but you will want to arrive by 8:30 to get officially registered. Those who register by August 10th will receive a moon run t-shirt. Cost: $10.00 per person.
Leader: , 620-442-4133