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April 2006 Jayhawk Audubon Society Newsletter

April 2006 Jayhawk Audubon Society Newsletter

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Volume 30, Issue 8

APRIL, 2006



Take your new skills to the field ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Woodland Wildflower Walk & Work Day

KC Wildlands Garlic Mustard Pull & Wildflower Hike at Isley Park Woods. Excelsior Springs, MO. Saturday, April 29, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Contact Linda Lehrbaum. 816-561-1061, ext. 116. linda@bridgingthegap.org. Visit www. kcwildlands.org. Or stay closer to home and attend the last JAS birding class on the 29th from 9 a.m. to 11a..m. Stan Roth will lead a bird walk at The Prairie Park Nature Center and help you develop your bird I.D. skills. Stan also knows Kansas wildflowers and will gladly identify plants seen on the walk. To enroll call the Lawrence Park District at 832-7930. (There has been a glitch with the online enrollment for our classes. The website has shown them as full when they are not, so it is best to call to enroll. )

Rosemary Gilbert Bell

On Thursday, April 20th, Suneeti Jog, Kansas Biological Survey botanist, will beguile us with photos of the beautiful wildflowers blooming from spring to early summer in the forests and forest openings of eastern Kansas. Forests in Kansas?? Yes, Kansas is the iconic prairie state, but our eastern section boasts fine native woodlands with their own noteworthy flora and fauna. Suneeti is expert in the field identification of plants in the Midwest and Great Plains regions and her talk will emphasize taxonomic characteristics to help you classify and put a name to the wildflowers of the spring woods. Her other specialties include ethnobotany, plant community ecology and economic botany. Visit KBS People (www.kbs.ku.edu) and click on her picture to learn about her research interests in Kansas and India, and see pictures of Kansas and Indian research sites and her distinguished family. Come for BYO dinner with Suneeti Jog at 6:00 p.m. at Milton’s, 920 Mass. in downtown Lawrence. The talk is at 7:30 at the Senior Center, 8th & Vermont. Refreshments will be served!

7:30 p.m. Senior Center




Ready For bIRDATHON?
Let’s hope so because the JAS Birdathon needs your help. This year’s Birdathon takes place the weekend of May 6th and 7th. Birders and sponsors are both needed to make Jayhawk Audubon’s primary fundraiser a success. Birders recruit sponsors who pledge to give a specified amount for each species found during the Birdathon or simply make a donation in the amount they choose.

Nominations for Officers and At-large Board Members for 2006-07
The following members have accepted nomination as officers of JAS for the 2006/07 year: Chuck Herman, President Pam Chaffee, Vice President Joyce Wolf, Recording Secretary Susan Iversen, Corresponding Secretary Jennifer Delisle, Treasurer. Sharon Ashworth, Bunny Watkins and Lisa Grossman , At-large Board Members. Other nominations including self nominations are welcome! To nominate another member or yourself for office, contact Jennifer Delisle at 785-864-1538 or jdelisle@ku.edu. Voting on the slate will take place at the May 11th general meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the Lawrence Senior Center at 8th & Vermont in Lawrence. - Jennifer Delisle

Kirsten Munson

Any donation is welcome and is put to work locally to further environmental education and conservation through activities for school children, Eagles Day, monthly program speakers, Earth Day activities, this newsletter and more. JAS also gives financial support to the Baker/Haskell Wetlands, Audubon of Kansas, events like the 35th Anniversary Dinner and the Lawrence Christmas Bird Count among others. But the real reward of Birdathon comes when you are out having a great time counting birds on a sweet May morning in Kansas all the while knowing that your support of Jayhawk Audubon’s stewardship activities helps to ensure that there will be birds to count and enjoy next year and for years to come.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ SOME GOOD NEWS!!!
-The United Steelworkers Union , 850,000 strong & now including hardrock miners, rubber, nuclear, oil, chemical, lumber, pulp and paper workers has gone green by endorsing an end to logging in the Tongass, protection of ANWR, and investment in energy efficiency and renewables. Let’s hope this reflects a broader shift in attitude among Americans to agreement that we all have to take action and stop plundering the planet without a thought for the future or the other creatures that share it. -In Lawrence, the Pesticide Free Parks Project is preparing for another year of supporting the Park District in achieving independence from Pesticides. We’ll keep you posted or you can contact Marie Stockett at 832-1435 or moonmama@swbell.net to volunteer your help.

Call Richard Bean at 785-979-2649 to bird or donate to Birdathon 2006.



The JAS board endorsed a statement formulated by the Kansas Natural Resource Council urging statewide requirements for placement of power plants. Wichita and Burroughs Audubon, Kansas Chapter of the Sierra Club, Friends of the Kaw, and Kansas Wildlife Federation also signed. Kansas once had such a statute, but in 2000 it was amended to cover only nuclear plants rather than all types including coal fired. Now local governments in Kansas are left to cope with this incredibly complex issue on their own. Statewide regulations should avert fiascos like the one in Cass Cty, MO where Aquila is under court orders to tear down a $20 million plant because they failed to get zoning or building permits in the absence of state laws. The joint statement will be sent to the Governor, the Kansas Energy Council, KDWP Sec’y Hayden, KDHE Sec’y Bremby, the Kansas House Environment Committee, the Kansas Senate Natural Resources and Utilities Committees and media outlets throughout the state.

Currently, over 3,500 megawatts of new coal-fired electric power plants are being planned that will have an impact on the people and the environment of Kansas. They are proposed to be located at four locations across the state and one site immediately across the Missouri River, midway between Leavenworth and Atchison. We believe Kansas citizens, Kansas communities and the Kansas environment are being unnecessarily placed at risk because adequate consideration is not being given to the environmental effects of where these facilities will be located and pollutants such as airborne mercury that will come from these facilities. The siting of these facilities has statewide effects and therefore the primary responsibility for making these siting decisions should reside with the state and not be delegated to local units of government. In addition, there are many "wind farm" projects in various planning and development stages across the state. While only a small proportion of the wind farm proposals may actually move forward to become a reality, and though the "Heart of the Flint Hills" has been declared off limits to wind farms, these proposals still create environmental impact concerns associated with siting them. We the undersigned organizations, representing a wide range of environmentalists, hunters, anglers and concerned citizens, call for the Kansas legislature to enact effective, uniform, statewide siting requirements for new electric power generation facilities of any type. These siting requirements should protect public health, preserve communities and protect sensitive natural areas such as wildlife refuges, large wetlands, native prairies and major bird migration corridors. These requirements should be regarded as a baseline, and local units of government should have the power to set stricter siting requirements than this baseline. Until such improvements are made, we call on the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the Kansas Corporation Commission and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks to make every effort to protect the natural resources of our state by using their existing review powers in the current permitting processes.



APRIL 3-8:
CHASE COUNTY PRAIRIE FIRE FESTIVAL in Cottonwood Falls celebrating the spring burning of the tall grass prairie. Exhibits, poetry, music. 620-273-6020. www.prairiefirefestival.com. BURROUGHS AUDUBON ANNUAL DINNER & SILENT AUCTION. JAS members are invited. Dinner at the Hillcrest Country Club is $31.00 per person Reservations are due by 4/1/06. Speaker: Chris Earley on Hawks and Owls. Contact Phil & Nancy Reicher at 816-333-3876 or preicher@kc.rr.com. Burroughs Audubon Field Trip: NW Missouri “Bird Crawl” with the Stoakes and Chris Earley. Squaw Creek NWR, Big Lake State Park, Bob Brown Conservation Area. Stay overnight in the area and Monday go to Pershing State Park and Swan Lake NWR. BYO lodging & transport. Contact Mike 816-554-1956, mstoakes@juno.com GRASSLAND HERITAGE FOUNDATION GROUNDHOGS: Prairie maintenance and preservation projects. Frank Norman 785-887-6739 or frank.norman@ appliedeco.com. Visit www.grasslandheritage.org. Topeka Audubon Field Trip to Alma Prairie Chicken Lek and Lake Wabaunsee. Meet at Top. Zoo Parking Lot 6:00 a.m. Dan Gish 785-232-3731, gishbear@cox.net.


APRIL 9-10:



Suneeti Jog. Dinner at 6:00 p.m. at Milton’s. Talk at 7:30 at Lawrence Senior Center. Missouri Prairie Foundation Spring Plant Sale. City Market, KC MO. 888-843-6739.


JAS will have a table in south Park. See p. 5 for other events.

ARBOR DAY AT PERRY LAKE: The Corps of Engineers will sponsor an Arbor Day Celebration at Perry Lake. Tree Seedlings! Contact Bunnie Watkins at 785-597-5144 ext. 16 or bunnie.a.watkins@usace.army.mil.
Milford Wetlands, Ft. Riley, KS Landscape Arboretum. lcowell@flinthills.com. 785-461-5519. www.kansasbirdingfestival.org. JAS BIRDING CLASS: Stan Roth. 9-11 a.m. at Prairie Park. Call 832-7930.



West Alton, MO. Just North of St. Louis. Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Two Rivers NWR. Columbia Bottom Conservation Area. Many children’s activities. Ken Buchholz. 314-368-7639. kbuchholz@audubon.org. www.wingsofspring.org.



Earth Day Events 2006
Earth Day Fashion Show & Silent Auction When: Thursday, April 20, 7:00 p.m. Where: Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St. Admission: $10 in advance, $15 at the door (benefits local wetlands) This event is a fundraiser for the Honor the Earth Foundation with all proceeds benefiting the Haskell-Baker wetlands preservation. Contact Lada Salon and Spa for details or advance tickets: 842-5232. Earth Day Forum The Future of Food, Farming, and the Prairie When: Friday, April 21, 7:00 p.m. Where: Plymouth Congregational Church ( 9th & Vermont) - Marci Francisco, KS State Senator, “KS Food Policy & 2007 Farm Bill” - Kelly Kindscher, Conservation Biologist, KS Biological Survey, “Preservation & Restoration of the Prairie” • Wes Jackson, President, The Land Institute, “Natural Systems • Agriculture Using Prairie as a Template” Sponsors: Rolling Prairie Farming Alliance, Community Mercantile Educational Foundation, Ecumenical Christian Ministries. Prairie Park Nature Center Earth Day Special Program Ages: All When: Saturday, April 22, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Where: Prairie Park Nature Center, 2730 SW Harper St., Lawrence Games, special programs and interpretive walks. Contact: (785) 832-7980 6th Annual Earth Day Parade When: Saturday, April, 22. Assemble 10:15 a.m. in Watson (train) Park Parade begins 11:00 a.m. Costumes encouraged. Where: Parade route is 7th St.. east to Mass to South Park April Showers to Water Towers A Water Festival for Douglas County When: Saturday April 22, 11:30 to 4:00 p.m. Where: South Park- Gazebo area. Live music, crafts, games, educational booths and a 6-foot diameter Earth Ball to toss around!! JAS will have a table. Volunteers to staff the table will be most welcome. Call Jennifer Delisle 785-864-1538. jdelisle@ku.edu. Clinton Lake Cleanup When: Saturday, April 29, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Where: Shelter #1 in the Overlook Park at Clinton Lake Spend a morning restoring the natural beauty of Clinton Lake. Hotdog lunch likely to follow. Individuals or groups may pre-register by contacting the Clinton Lake office (785-843-7665) or register at 9am that day. --Diana Sjogren, Waste Reduction & Recycling Specialist City of Lawrence

JAS officers & Board Members President Jennifer Delisle Vice President Dayna Carleton Recording Joyce Wolf Secretary Corresponding Susan Iversen Secretary Treasurer Jennifer Delisle Member Chapter Chuck & Ruth Herman Change Report Membership Dayna Carleton Promotion Newsletter Susan Iversen Editor Conservation Need Volunteer Program Pamela Chaffee Education Rex Powell Field Trip Need Volunteer Publicity Dayna Carleton Electronic Karyn Baker-Riney Communications Bird Seed Linda Lips Sale Birdathon Richard Bean Coordinator Christmas Galen Pittman Bird Count Migratory Need Volunteer Bird Count Eagles Day Ed & Cynthia Shaw Hospitality Esther Smith Historian Ron Wolf Books and Joyce & Ron Wolf Feeders Board Member Sharon Ashworth Board Member Board Member Bunnie Watkins Board Member Ed Shaw Board Member Cynthia Shaw

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Application for New Membership in both: National Audubon Society and Jayhawk Chapter ___$15 Student; ___$20 Introductory for NEW members; ____$15 Senior Citizen. (Make check payable to National Audubon Society.) Application for Chapter-only Membership (Jayhawk Audubon Society). No Audubon magazine. ___$7.50 Chapter-only (Make check payable to Jayhawk Audubon Society.) Those with National Audubon memberships are encouraged to support the chapter by voluntarily paying these dues. Chapter membership expires annually in July. National Audubon Society members receive four issues per year of the Audubon magazine and are also members of the Jayhawk Chapter. All members also receive 10 issues of this newsletter per year and are entitled to discounts on books and feeders that are sold to raise funds to support education and conservation projects. Please send this completed form and check to Membership Chairs at the following address: Ruth & Chuck Herman; 20761 Loring Road, Linwood, KS 66052; e-mail contact: hermansnuthouse@earthlink.net . {National Members Renewing: please use the billing form received from National and send it with payment to National Audubon Society in Boulder, CO}. Name __________________________; Address ___________________________________________; City ___________________________; State ______; ZIP Code (9) digit _______________; Telephone (with Area Code) ___________________ J02: 7XCH

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