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March 2021

Western Kansas Extended Field Trip

March 27 @ 8:00 am - March 29 @ 5:00 pm

This three day trip will include Lesser Prairie-chicken viewing at a ranch in Gove County, visiting Castle Rock, Monument Rocks and Little Jerusalem State Park. We will be looking for high plains birds including raptors and longspurs. There is a 16 person limit - signup is online. Due to the pandemic we will not be renting vans but will travel in personal vehicles.There will be a fee for the prairie-chicken blind. Sign up using the website link below

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April 2021

Chaplin Nature Center Spring Clean-up

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

We need your help to get the facilities in tip-tip shape for the upcoming year. We are looking for volunteers to work on a variety of outdoor and indoor projects. Trimming trails, checking bridges, raking leaves, and working on the front flowerbeds are just a few of the projects. Be sure to wear old clothes and bring a pair of work gloves.  Soft leaf rakes and tree pruners needed. Call the Center if you have additional questions.

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2nd Saturday Bird Walk

April 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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Oak Park Invasive Plant Removal

April 17 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Oak Park, 1100 W 11th St N
Wichita, KS 67203 United States
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Free

Asian bush honeysuckle is an invasive plant causing serious habitat damage. We'll spend 3-4 hours removing these plants, directed by the Wichita Parks Department staff. Tools, gloves and water will be provided. Meet by the stone arch at the southwest corner of the park.

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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, 3631 E 71st St S
Wichita, KS 67216 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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