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CALENDAR January to August 2017

Program meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month, 7:00 p.m. at the Great Plains Nature Center, 6232 E. 29th St N. (29th and Woodlawn), Wichita, KS, 316-683-5499. All programs and field trips are free and open to the public.

We hold a bird walk in Chisholm Creek Park the second Saturday of each month. Information about field trips will also be posted on the Kansas bird listserve (KSBIRD-L)


 
JANUARY

JANUARY 14, SATURDAY, 8 a.m.   SECOND SATURDAY BIRD WALK

***CANCELLED due to weather***

For information: , 706-9116

JANUARY 17, TUESDAY, 7:00 p.m. PROGRAM AT THE GREAT PLAINS NATURE CENTER
“Landscaping for Wildlife," by Chuck Otte. Homeowners can landscape their property in a manner that will encourage more wildlife, especially birds, to stop and perhaps stay. Chuck will focus on plants that have a broad appeal to birds and other wildlife, focusing on native species that are well adapted to the challenging climate we have in Kansas. Chuck is the Geary County Extension Agent, and an avid birder and naturalist.

You can also join us for dinner before the program at Panera Bread, 1605 N Rock Road, at 5:30 p.m.

JANUARY 21, SATURDAY, 7:30 a.m. WINTER RAPTORS AND GULLS OF RENO COUNTY FIELD TRIP
Cheney Reservoir and Wildlife Area is a good winter birding location for waterfowl, raptors and gulls. After exploring the lake area we will stop at the gull roosting area near the Hutchinson landfill where several uncommon gull species have been seen in prior years. Meet at the Dillon's parking lot at Twin Lakes, corner of 21st and Amidon. The group will depart at 7:30 a.m. Carpooling is encouraged. Optional lunch at the Anchor Room in Hutchinson following.  
Leader: , 519-1970

JANUARY 28, SATURDAY, 10 a.m. - noon EAGLE WATCH AT CHAPLIN NATURE CENTER
The winter months are the best times to view Bald Eagles. As things begin to freeze further north, they migrate into Kansas searching for open water. The program will start with a 15-minute indoor introduction on the history and adaptations of the Bald Eagle. We will then take a 1.5-mile hike down to the Arkansas River to search for over-wintering eagles.  
Leader: , 620-442-4133


FEBRUARY

FEBRUARY 4, SATURDAY, 10 a.m. - noon EAGLE WATCH AT CHAPLIN NATURE CENTER
The eagles will be here all winter so if you missed the first one, here is your opportunity to join in on the fun.
Leader: , 620-442-4133

FEBRUARY 11, SATURDAY, 8 a.m.   SECOND SATURDAY BIRD WALK
Bring your binoculars and discover the ever changing varieties of birds that visit and live in Chisholm Creek Park. No birding experience is expected or needed, no membership in any organization is required, and no question is too elementary. Expect 1-2 miles of walking on paved paths. The walk will last approximately 90 minutes. Meet at the Great Plains Nature Center parking lot.
For information:, 706-9116

FEBRUARY 21, TUESDAY, 7:00 p.m. PROGRAM AT THE GREAT PLAINS NATURE CENTER
"Breeding Bird Surveys in Kansas", by Bill Busby.
Bill will discuss the Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) program and its role in monitoring bird population trends in Kansas and throughout North America.  As in other states and provinces, volunteers in Kansas are assigned to one or more BBS routes to run each year in June.  The resulting data are compiled by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and serve as one of the best sources of information on the status of bird populations on their breeding grounds, informing publications such as Audubon’s State of the Birds report. Come to hear more and meet local BBS volunteers! Bill is the senior author of Kansas Breeding Bird Atlas and serves as the Kansas coordinator for the North American Breeding Bird Survey. You can also join us for dinner before the program at Panera Bread, 1605 N Rock Road, at 5:30 p.m.

FEBRUARY 25, SATURDAY, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. BACKYARD BIRD WORKSHOP
Get ready for those spring birds with a new birdhouse or feeder. Join us at the Great Plains Nature Center. Our experts will have all the materials and tools you need and will help you put your birdhouse together. We will also have experts available for advice on feeding, watering and gardening for birds.

 
MARCH

MARCH 3, FRIDAY, 7 - 8 p.m. NO FLASHLIGHT NIGHT HIKE AT CHAPLIN NATURE CENTER
Finding your way down a trail at night without a flashlight is an interesting challenge. But it is not that difficult once you learn to use your other senses. As we navigate our way down the trail we will listen for nearby wildlife. Dress for cold weather and wear sturdy shoes.
Leader: , 620-442-4133

MARCH 11, SATURDAY, 8 a.m.   SECOND SATURDAY BIRD WALK
Bring your binoculars and discover the ever changing varieties of birds that visit and live in Chisholm Creek Park. No birding experience is expected or needed, no membership in any organization is required, and no question is too elementary. Expect 1-2 miles of walking on paved paths. The walk will last approximately 90 minutes. Meet at the Great Plains Nature Center parking lot.
For information: , 706-9116

MARCH 14, TUESDAY, 7.p.m.  WAS BOARD MEETING AT THE GREAT PLAINS NATURE CENTER

MARCH 18, SATURDAY, 9 a.m. CHISHOLM CREEK PARK CLEANUP
Bring gloves and help clean up our adopted park. Meet in the Great Plains Nature Center parking lot.
Leader: , 634-0049

MARCH 21, TUESDAY, 7:00 p.m. PROGRAM AT THE GREAT PLAINS NATURE CENTER
"The Birds of Colombia," by Bob Gress. Colombia, boasting over 1,900 species, is one of the three most diverse countries for birds on the planet!  The other two are Peru and Brazil.  In Colombia, the Andes Mountains branch into three distinct chains separated by the Cauca and Magdalena valleys. This terrain has led to a diversity of habitats with each chain and each valley having some plants and animals found nowhere else on earth. Wichita residents Bob Gress and Kevin Groeneweg were part of a ten-person group searching for the birds in Colombia in March of 2016.  In three weeks, the group recorded 523 species!        
Colombia conjures up images of emeralds, coffee, guerillas and cocaine. Of these, the only one this group encountered was coffee!   Today, Colombia is a country that is safe, friendly, clean and incredibly beautiful.  This program is for all those who appreciate the value of wild places and wild things! Bob is the former director of the Great Plains Nature Center and co-founder of birdsinfocus.com. You can also join us for dinner before the program at Panera Bread, 1605 N Rock Road, at 5:30 p.m.

MARCH 25, SATURDAY, 9 a.m.   INVASIVE PLANT REMOVAL IN OAK PARK
Asian bush honeysuckle is an invasive plant that is causing serious habitat damage in many Wichita parks. We'll spend 3 - 4 hours removing these plants, directed by the Wichita Parks Department staff. Tools, gloves and bottled water will be provided. This is good exercise and a postive contribution to preserving habitat quality at one of our best local birding spots. Meet by the stone arch at the southwest corner of the park.
For information: , 519-1970

 
APRIL

APRIL 1, SATURDAY, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. SPRING CLEANUP AT CHAPLIN NATURE CENTER
The busy season is just around the corner. We have lots to do to get ready for school groups and visitors. Trails need to be cleared, leaves need to be raked and the Visitors Center needs a good cleaning. We need volunteers of all ages and skills. Additionally, you can help out by bringing a leaf rake and/or tree pruner. Call the Center for more information.
Leader: , 620-442-4133

APRIL 8, SATURDAY, 8 a.m.   SECOND SATURDAY BIRD WALK
Bring your binoculars and discover the ever changing varieties of birds that visit and live in Chisholm Creek Park. No birding experience is expected or needed, no membership in any organization is required, and no question is too elementary. Expect 1-2 miles of walking on paved paths. The walk will last approximately 90 minutes. Meet at the Great Plains Nature Center parking lot.
For information: , 706-9116

APRIL 11, TUESDAY, 7.p.m.  WAS BOARD MEETING AT THE GREAT PLAINS NATURE CENTER

APRIL 18, TUESDAY, 7:00 p.m.  PROGRAM AT THE GREAT PLAINS NATURE CENTER
“Antarctica,” by Lorrie Beck. Join Lorrie Beck on a virtual visit to the coldest, driest, windiest and least visited continent on Earth. No worries about seasickness or hypothermia on this visit, as you'll enjoy close-up views of many of the wild creatures that call Antarctica home.  Lorrie visited Antarctica in 2009 (December – Christmas), and that cruise/expedition represented the 7th – and final – continent she has visited during her years of travel with family and friends. Lorrie is retired from the USFWS and as director of the Great Plains Nature Center. You can also join us for dinner before the program at Panera Bread, 1605 N Rock Road, at 5:30 p.m.

APRIL 22, SATURDAY, 9 a.m., BAKER WETLANDS, LAWRENCE, KS
Join us for a guided tour of this 927 acre wetland. Meet at the Baker Wetlands Discovery Center, 1365 N 1250 Rd, Lawrence, KS. We will organize car pools from Wichita. Watch here and in the newsletter for more information.
Leader: , 785-424-0785

 
MAY

MAY 6, SATURDAY, 9 a.m. WARBLER WALK AT OAK PARK
This traditional field trip searches for the highly sought after spring migrants at one of Wichita's finest migrant traps. Meet by the pond at the north end of the park.
Leader: , 263-1251

MAY 13, SATURDAY, 8 a.m.   SECOND SATURDAY BIRD WALK
Bring your binoculars and discover the ever changing varieties of birds that visit and live in Chisholm Creek Park. No birding experience is expected or needed, no membership in any organization is required, and no question is too elementary. Expect 1-2 miles of walking on paved paths. The walk will last approximately 90 minutes. Meet at the Great Plains Nature Center parking lot.
For information: , 706-9116  

MAY 15, MAGEE MARSH, OHIO, EXTENDED FIELD TRIP
Join us the third week of May in the Warbler Capital of the World - Magee Marsh Wildlife Area in NW Ohio. Our visit is timed during the peak occurrence of the later migrating warblers, such as Magnolia, Blackpoll and Bay-breasted. Numerous other migrants will be in abundance as we explore the woods, marshes and Lake Erie shoreline at this renowned hotspot. Contact the leader to sign up and to receive additional information.
Leader: , 706-9116  

MAY 16, TUESDAY, 7:00 p.m. PROGRAM AT THE GREAT PLAINS NATURE CENTER
"The Fateful Step...and other Adventures in Insect Photography,” by Betsy Betros. 
When she turned 50, Betsy got obsessed with photographing butterflies and finding all the species in our region. Chasing butterflies is like having a second childhood…the joy and delight of past childhood days can be found in chasing bugs! This obsession led her to pursuing a lifelong dream of writing some sort of book! The result of this obsession was the publication of her first book in 2008: A Photographic Field Guide to the Butterflies of the Kansas City Region. She continues to work toward improving her bug photography through taking lots of photos and connecting with other bug photographers in workshops. And then in turn, posting images to bugguide.net and odonatacentral.org. You can also join us for dinner before the program at Panera Bread, 1605 N Rock Road, at 5:30 p.m.


 
JUNE

JUNE 2, FRIDAY, & repeated on JUNE 3, SATURDAY, 7 - 9:30 p.m.
TWILIGHT KAYAK FLOAT AT CHAPLIN NATURE CENTER

Enjoy a relaxing float down the Arkansas River as the sun sets on the water. The center will provide life jackets, kayaks and paddles. Kayak, paddle and life jacket provided. Participants should bring a complete change of clothes, including shoes, small flashlight and be prepared to get wet and muddy. To make a reservation, call the center. Cost is $20.00 per person. All proceeds help support the Chaplin Nature Center.
Leader: , 620-442-4133

JUNE 10, SATURDAY, 8 a.m.   SECOND SATURDAY BIRD WALK
Bring your binoculars and discover the ever changing varieties of birds that visit and live in Chisholm Creek Park. No birding experience is expected or needed, no membership in any organization is required, and no question is too elementary. Expect 1-2 miles of walking on paved paths. The walk will last approximately 90 minutes. On this date only, meet at the first picnic shelter on the WEST SIDE of the park (from the Oliver entrance). This is the day of the Walk With Wildlife, so we will move to the other side of the park to stay out of the way.
For information: , 706-9116

JUNE 13, TUESDAY, 7.p.m.  WAS BOARD MEETING AT THE GREAT PLAINS NATURE CENTER

 
JULY

JULY 8, SATURDAY, 8 a.m.   SECOND SATURDAY BIRD WALK
Bring your binoculars and discover the ever changing varieties of birds that visit and live in Chisholm Creek Park. No birding experience is expected or needed, no membership in any organization is required, and no question is too elementary. Expect 1-2 miles of walking on paved paths. The walk will last approximately 90 minutes. Meet at the Great Plains Nature Center parking lot.
For information: , 706-9116

JULY 8, SATURDAY, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.  BUTTERFLY COUNT AT CHAPLIN NATURE CENTER
In cooperation with the North American Butterfly Association, the Chaplin Nature Center will be conducting its annual butterfly count in the Arkansas City area. This one-day survery will count all the butterflies observed in a 15-mile diameter area. Anyone interested in butterflies can participate. More experienced counters will be teamed up with participants who are new to butterfly identification.
Leader: , 620-442-4133

JULY 11, TUESDAY, 7.p.m.  WAS BOARD MEETING AT THE GREAT PLAINS NATURE CENTER

JULY 18, TUESDAY, 6 p.m. ANNUAL PICNIC
Meet at the Great Plains Nature Center for an air-conditioned picnic. Bring a dish to share and your own service. Drinks will be provided. After the meal we'll have a short program in the auditorium.

 
AUGUST

AUGUST 12, SATURDAY, 8 a.m.   SECOND SATURDAY BIRD WALK
Bring your binoculars and discover the ever changing varieties of birds that visit and live in Chisholm Creek Park. No birding experience is expected or needed, no membership in any organization is required, and no question is too elementary. Expect 1-2 miles of walking on paved paths. The walk will last approximately 90 minutes. Meet at the Great Plains Nature Center parking lot.
For information: , 706-9116