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April 2021

Meeting Program – GO NATIVE! Restoring the Ecology of Your Backyard for Birds by Brad Guhr

April 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

Restoring the ecology of our own backyards starts with the plants that we nurture. Basic ecological food chain principles teach us that if we plant a greater diversity of native plants in our landscapes, we will be able to host greater wildlife diversity including birds. Brad will discuss how native plant landscaping and giving thoughtful consideration to your property conditions, the plants you can grow, and best management practices to get them established all contribute to the level of success you…

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May 2021

2nd Saturday Bird Walk

May 8 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am
Great Plains Nature Center, 6232 E 29th St N
Wichita, KS 67220 United States
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Free

Bring your binoculars and discover the birds that 
visit and live in Chisholm Creek Park. No birding experience is needed. Expect 1–2 miles of walking on paved paths. The walk will last about 90 minutes. Meet at the Great Plains Nature Center parking lot and practice social distancing!

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Chaplin Nature Center and Ark City area Field Trip

May 15 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Chaplin Nature Center, 27814 27th Dr
Arkansas City, KS 67005 United States
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Free

Join us as we bird Chaplin Nature Center and nearby hotspots. We should find breeding warblers, tanagers and Painted Buntings. Meet at Chaplin Nature Center. Bring a lunch.

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Meeting Program – Shorebirds in the Tall Grass Prairie; seriously? by Dr. Robert Penner

May 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Dr. Robert Penner, Avian Conservation Manager at The Nature Conservancy in Kansas, will talk about the importance of the midcontinent, Kansas, and specifically the Flint Hills to shorebird conservation. We will look at what we have learned from past shorebird surveys in the Flint Hills along with what we are learning from some of the Flint Hills Shorebird Conservation Initiative projects and how does this all relates to managing the tallgrass ecosystem for shorebirds and other wildlife. This program will…

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June 2021

Evening Kayak Float

June 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Chaplin Nature Center, 27814 27th Dr
Arkansas City, KS 67005 United States
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$25

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. Kayak, paddle and life vest are provided. Space is limited. Pre-registration required. All proceeds help support the Chaplin Nature Center. Cost: $25.00 per person.

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Derby Canoe Launch Field Trip

June 5 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 am
Derby Canoe Launch, HP86+9G
Wichita, KS United States
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Meet at the canoe launch on south 71st street for Painted Buntings, White-eyed Vireo and other southern species.

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2nd Saturday Bird Walk

June 12 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am
Great Plains Nature Center, 6232 E 29th St N
Wichita, KS 67220 United States
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Free

Bring your binoculars and discover the birds that 
visit and live in Chisholm Creek Park. No birding experience is needed. Expect 1–2 miles of walking on paved paths. The walk will last about 90 minutes. Meet at the Great Plains Nature Center parking lot and practice social distancing!

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July 2021

2nd Saturday Bird Walk

July 10 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am
Great Plains Nature Center, 6232 E 29th St N
Wichita, KS 67220 United States
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Free

Bring your binoculars and discover the birds that 
visit and live in Chisholm Creek Park. No birding experience is needed. Expect 1–2 miles of walking on paved paths. The walk will last about 90 minutes. Meet at the Great Plains Nature Center parking lot and practice social distancing!

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Arkansas City Butterfly Count

July 10 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Chaplin Nature Center, 27814 27th Dr
Arkansas City, KS 67005 United States
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$3

Become a citizen scientist and help count butterflies at the Chaplin Nature Center. During this program, hike leaders will walk the trails identifying and counting all the butterflies encountered. No butterfly experience needed, just helping spot them can be a big help. 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.

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Picnic

July 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Great Plains Nature Center, 6232 E 29th St N
Wichita, KS 67220 United States
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Free

Join us at the Great Plains Nature Center for our annual pot-luck dinner. Dinner will be followed by a short, fun program. Bring a dish to share and your own service.

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