This is the twenty-sixth annual report of the Wichita Audubon Society and Chaplin Nature Center. This report highlights the activities for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2001. The Wichita Audubon Society, Inc., is a chapter of the National Audubon Society, and a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The Chaplin Nature Center is owned and operated by the Wichita Audubon Society, with operations directed by the CNC committee of the Board of Directors. The Wichita Audubon Society actively promotes responsible nature education and conservation of wildlife and the natural environment for the enjoyment of all.
The annual picnic was held at Chisholm Creek Park. The heat was intense, but we got to cool off with a sneak peek at the new Koch Habitat Hall at the Great Plains Nature Center, due to open in September.
Shawn held a natural tie-dye workshop at Chaplin Nature Center where participants tried out dyeing techniques with natural dyes like red sumac berries, pokeweed, and Osage orange.
The Wichita Audubon Society received a $5000 grant from the Forrest C. Lattner Foundation for operation of the Chaplin Nature Center.
Our first program of the year was presented by Wes Jackson, president of the Land Institute in Salina. He spoke about naturally sustainable agriculture and the radical system necessary to achieve it.
The Quivira National Wildlife Refuge/Cheyenne Bottoms field trip was very warm, but the group managed to find an Osprey at Quivira, along with a King Rail and good numbers of shorebirds.
The first 'local park bird walk' was held at Chisholm Creek Park, led by Sandra Tholen. This new type of field trip was targeted at beginners and those with limited time.
The always popular butterfly tagging event was held at Chaplin Nature Center. Monarch butterflies migrating south were netted and carefully tagged with a small sticker on their wing. When a tagged monarch is retrieved, scientists can determine how far and how fast it travelled. Forty-eight butterflies were captured, tagged, and sent on their way.
Gene Young again led the field trip to Slate Creek Marsh and the Oxford area. Slate Creek has become a reliable spot for finding Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrows in the fall.
Fall Nature Day at Chaplin Nature Center was another successful event, with more than one hundred people attending and over seven hundred dollars raised.
The October program was presented by Joe Barkowski, Curator of Birds at the Sedgwick County Zoo. Joe shared his experiences as part of an international rescue operation that saved thousands of Black-footed Penguins from an oil spill just off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa. It was a fascinating look at penguins and an amazing story.
The second local park bird walk was also held at Chisholm Creek Park. Lots of sparrows were seen, with Swamp, Lincoln's and White-crowned being common. An Eastern Phoebe and Marsh Wren were also spotted.
The Wichita Audubon Society received a $1000 grant from the Boeing Charitable Trust in support of our programs and speakers.
One of two yearly cleanups was held at Chisholm Creek Park. Attendance was sparse, but a few people accomplished a lot.
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