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January 2020

Meeting Program – Wetlands Food Chain by Mike Blair

January 21, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Great Plains Nature Center, 6232 E 29th St N
Wichita, KS 67220 United States
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A wetlands area like Kansas' Cheyenne Bottoms is among the world's most dynamic habitats. This new film explores wildlife interrelationships from microscopic animals to apex predators, filmed mostly at Cheyenne Bottoms, and how they depend upon each other for survival. Mike Blair is a photographer/videographer with a passion for explaining the wonders of the Midwestern Outdoors.He's been a wildlife communicator for most of his career. Blair holds a B.S. in Forest Management and M.S. in Entomology from University of Missouri-Columbia.…

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February 2020

Meeting Program – Australia – Adventures Down Under by Jim & Patty Marlett

February 18, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Great Plains Nature Center, 6232 E 29th St N
Wichita, KS 67220 United States
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Jim and Patty Marlett have made two trips to Australia, both times with Carol and Hal Cumberland. In 2015 they visited Queensland, Sydney, and Tasmania for four weeks. They returned in 2018 to spend three weeks in Victoria and South Australia, traveling from Melbourne to Adelaide. The wildlife in Australia was amazing, and like nothing in Kansas! They will show you everything from Emus and penguins to blue-tongued skink to Tasmanian devils. Jim and Patty are both retired. He was…

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March 2020

Meeting Program – Nature Highlights of Scotland and Ireland by Bob Gress

March 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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From rugged coastlines to Caledonian forests to mountain highlands, the Scottish islands maintain some of the most pristine wilderness in the United Kingdom.  Wildlife thrives in much of this country of castles, lochs, moors, heaths, glens and firths.  The Emerald Isle’s physical appeal endures, but by no means is entirely green.  The gray limestone Burren’s in County Clare and black peat bogs of the Midlands accent this beautiful landscape.  This program highlights Scotland and Ireland’s traditional culture, landscapes, rural life…

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April 2020

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

April 21, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Great Plains Nature Center, 6232 E 29th St N
Wichita, KS 67220 United States
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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 years.  This…

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May 2020

Meeting Program – Forest Park Owls: Hiding in Plain Sight by Mark H. X. Glenshaw

May 19, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Great Plains Nature Center, 6232 E 29th St N
Wichita, KS 67220 United States
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Mark H.X. Glenshaw is an award-winning naturalist who has closely observed and documented the lives of Great Horned Owls in Forest Park, a large urban park in St. Louis, Missouri, since December 2005. Mark's work with Great Horned Owls involves extensive outreach as each year he gives dozens of talks across Missouri and Illinois (this is his first talk in Kansas!) and leads scores of owl prowls in Forest Park. Mark is a Missouri Master Naturalist and a volunteer for Forest…

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July 2020

Picnic

July 21, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Great Plains Nature Center, 6232 E 29th St N
Wichita, KS 67220 United States
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Join us at the Great Plains Nature Center at 6 p.m. 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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