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January 2021

Cheney Reservoir Field Trip

January 23 @ 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dillon’s at 21st & Amidon, 1920 W 21st St N
Wichita, KS 67203 United States
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Meet at the Dillon's at 21st and Amidon. We'll look for winter waterfowl and check out nearby lakes and woodlands. A Kansas Parks permit is required for each vehicle.

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Bald Eagle Winter Hike at Chaplin Nature Center

January 30 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Chaplin Nature Center, 27814 27th Dr
Arkansas City, KS 67005 United States
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In Kansas, winter is one of the best times to view Bald Eagles. As waterways freeze further north, they migrate into Kansas searching for open water. The program will start with a 15-minute introduction to the history and adaptations of the Bald Eagle. We will then take a 1.5-mile hike down to the Arkansas River. Dress for the cold and windy conditions.

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February 2021

Bald Eagle Winter Hike at Chaplin Nature Center

February 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Chaplin Nature Center, 27814 27th Dr
Arkansas City, KS 67005 United States
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Free

In Kansas, winter is one of the best times to view Bald Eagles. As waterways freeze further north, they migrate into Kansas searching for open water. The program will start with a 15-minute introduction to the history and adaptations of the Bald Eagle. We will then take a 1.5-mile hike down to the Arkansas River. Dress for the cold and windy conditions.

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2nd Saturday Bird Walk

February 13 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am
Great Plains Nature Center, 6232 E 29th St N
Wichita, KS 67220 United States
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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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Meeting Program – CRP is the Bees’ Knees: Native Bee Communities By Alex Morphew

February 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Native bees are important pollinators currently experiencing population declines expected to be most severe in agricultural landscapes such as those found in Kansas and across the Great Plains. These declines are largely linked to habitat fragmentation due to agricultural intensification and pose a serious threat to pollination stability in grassland ecosystems. Restoration efforts aiming to mitigate these losses include the federally supported Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), which aims to create wildlife and pollinator habitat on marginally productive agricultural land. From…

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Birding the Tropics at the Sedgwick County Zoo – CANCELLED

February 20 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sedgwick County Zoo, 5555 Zoo Blvd
Wichita, KS 67212 United States
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Because of the treat of COVID 19, we have decided that we cannot do this activity safely.

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March 2021

2nd Saturday Bird Walk

March 13 @ 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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Bald Eagle Nest Viewing

March 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Veteran’s Memorial Lake, Arkansas City, KS, 1401 S. Sixth St
Arkansas City, KS 67005 United States
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There are eight Bald Eagle nests in Cowley County. During this program we will visit one of the nest sites to give participants a chance to see adults and eaglets. Nest sites are Federally protected so spotting scopes will be a safe distance from the nest. Participants will meet and can view the eagles anytime between 10:00 am and 12:00 noon at Veterans Lake in Arkansas City.

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Woodcock Walk in Chisholm Creek Park

March 13 @ 8:00 pm
Great Plains Nature Center, 6232 E 29th St N
Wichita, KS 67220 United States
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Come hear and see the Woodcock perform his display at dusk. Meet in the GPNC parking lot, located off of 29th Street. A flashlight will be useful for navigating the trails.

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Meeting Program – Life History and Current Status of Prairie Chicken in Kansas by Vickie Cikanek

March 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Greater and Lesser Prairie chicken are an iconic symbol of the Kansas prairie.  Their mating habits alone make them a must see when visiting the great plains, but there is so much more to their lives than what goes on in the spring.  They have been coined by some as umbrella species of the central plains, and it is because of that, there has been a lot of concern over their population statuses across their range over the last 10…

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