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September 2019

Friday the 13th Full Moon 2k & Fun Walk/Run

September 13 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Chaplin Nature Center, 27814 27th Dr
Arkansas City, KS 67005 United States
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It’s a full moon AND its Friday the 13th…. a perfect time to get outdoors and get moving with this 2k plus fun run/walk. Individuals and families can go at their own pace along the edge of the Center’s tall grass prairie trail. Along the trail, stations will award glow sticks to those who choose to stop and answer moon or nature questions related to the night. If you plan on running the trail be sure to bring a head…

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2nd Saturday Bird Walk

September 14 @ 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.

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Meeting Program – Jurassic Lark: Why Birds Are Dinosaurs by Rachel Roth

September 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Great Plains Nature Center, 6232 E 29th St N
Wichita, KS 67220 United States
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From brooding behaviors to pneumatic bones, the similarities between modern birds and dinosaurs go well beyond feathers. In the last two years huge leaps in research and hundreds of new fossils continue to paint a picture of ancient birds that blurs the line between "avian" and "non-avian." Rachel will explain why dinosaurs still exist; they simply took to the sky. Rachel Roth is the Great Plains Nature Center's resident bird nerd who got hooked on all things feathered while studying…

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Quivira National Wildlife Refuge & Cheyenne Bottoms Field Trip

September 21 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, 1434 NE 80th St
Stafford, KS 67578 United States
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Meet at the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge headquarters and bring a lunch. This is prime migration time for shorebirds at these nationally renowned locations. Contact the leader for carpool information.

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Butterfly Tagging — Nature Day Celebration At Chaplin Nature Center

September 28 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Chaplin Nature Center, 27814 27th Dr
Arkansas City, KS 67005 United States
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Celebrate the wonders of nature by participating in the monarch migration. The butterfly tagging program is part of on-going research conducted by the University of Kansas. Participants will learn about the migration and be given an opportunity to capture and tag a monarch. Leaders from the Wichita Audubon Society will be offering a variety of nature hikes throughout the day. Whether you like birds, butterflies, or reptiles there will be a little something for everyone to enjoy. Lunch will be…

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October 2019

2nd Saturday Bird Walk

October 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.

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Chisholm Creek Park Clean Up

October 12 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Great Plains Nature Center, 6232 E 29th St N
Wichita, KS 67220 United States
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Join us after the second Saturday bird walk to collect trash and keep our adopted park looking nice. Bring gloves, we’ll provide trash bags, along with coffee and donuts. Meet in the Great Plains Nature Center parking lot.

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Meeting Program – People and Wildlife: An Anthropologist’s Journey to Namibia by Dr. Ryan Klataske

October 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Great Plains Nature Center, 6232 E 29th St N
Wichita, KS 67220 United States
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Join us for a public talk by Dr. Ryan Klataske about his research in southern Africa and its relevance to conservation issues and efforts in the Great Plains. African wildlife face an array of formidable threats, from habitat loss and fragmentation to human-wildlife conflict and illegal trafficking. Similar threats to wildlife exist around the world. Fortunately, in southern Africa, groups of people are working together to manage and conserve wildlife and natural resources in innovative ways. For the past decade,…

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Fall Birding in the Cross Timbers

October 19 @ 6:30 am - 5:00 pm
Dillon’s at Kellog & Andover Rd, 225 E Cloud Ave
Andover, KS 67002 United States
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Meet at the Dillon's parking lot at Kellogg and Andover Road, where we will consolidate the number of vehicles. Plan to depart at 6:45 a.m. This trip will wander through the scenic Cross Timbers region, visiting Fall River and Toronto Reservoirs. Expect a good variety of waterfowl, gulls, shorebirds, raptors and songbirds. Bring lunch as this trip will take up the majority of the daylight hours. A State Park Permit will be needed for each vehicle.

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Star Gazing

October 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Chaplin Nature Center, 27814 27th Dr
Arkansas City, KS 67005 United States
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Can you pick out the Big Dipper, or the North Star? Join us in the parking lot of the Nature Center for an evening of astronomy. A variety of telescopes will be available for the public to use to view a double star, galaxy, or a globular cluster. Of course, all the well- known constellations and stars that can be found in the Fall skies will be pointed out. Be sure to dress for the weather. In the event of…

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