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February 2021

Meeting Program – CRP is the Bees’ Knees: Native Bee Communities By Alex Morphew

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

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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March 2021

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

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

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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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

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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