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January 2008 Jayhawk Audubon Society Newsletter

January 2008 Jayhawk Audubon Society Newsletter

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Volume 32, Issue 5
Wash Dept. Fish & Wildlife.


January 28th - 7:30 pm

Steve Roels will take us seeking Short-eared Owls! January 19 - 4 pm. Details on Page 2.

11th Annual Kaw Valley

In 40 years of teaching in Lawrence high schools (1959-1999!), Stan Roth found that his students knew little about bats and what they did know was usually wrong. Bats are the second most numerous group of mammals in the world yet most of us are misinformed about their lives and habits and thus many fear them. (FYI: Rodents are the most numerous group of mammals and also not generally popular with humans.) To counteract this ignorance, Stan has studied bats in the field for many years and passed his knowledge on to students. On January 28th JAS will make it possible for members and the public to learn from him as well. Growing up in Olathe Stan was drawn to outdoor activities such as fishing, hunting & Scouting. It seems likely that his six grandchildren are not among the deprived kids always inside glued to computer and TV but instead get to roam with their grandfather on his ongoing projects studying Great Blue Heron colonies, cave bats, prairie dogs, ledge-nesting raptors, ferns & serpent hibernacula. In what passes for retirement, he serves as an adjunct educator/naturalist with the KS Biological Survey, consults with Prairie Park Nature Center and gives KS Natural History programs. GET BATTY with JAS: 7:30 pm, Monday 1/28 Trinity Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall. 1245 New Hampshire. Lawrence Park east of the church. Refreshments!

(Just 4700 Overland Drive
North of 6th & Wakarusa)

At this great FREE event there will be live Bald and Golden Eagles and other raptors from Prairie Park Nature Center, hands-on children’s activities such as dissecting an owl pellet, building a bird feeder,making a craft eagle and more, expert speakers, many relevant environmental exhibitors and eagle viewing field trips! Delicious food for purchase from Cook’s BBQ. FIELD TRIPS: -10:00am and 3:00 pm. -Meet at Clinton Lake Corps of Engineers office for field trips. -Dress warmly; waterproof footwear -785-843-7665 for last minute info. PRESENTATIONS: Turn to P.2 for topics/times~



PRESENTATIONS: 11:00 - Mike Watkins - Eagle Nesting in Kansas 12:00 - Marty Birrell - Eagles in Kansas: What Does the Future Hold? 1:30 - Bob Gress - Wildlife Photography: Faces of the Great Plains

eagles day


Bird Seed Bonanza!!
Are you going to run out of seed before the Feb 2 sale?? We need seed !! Are your birds muttering and giving you dirty looks because of short rations?? Mince Pie. Christopher Morley
1919. Project Gutenberg ebooks.

3:00 - Bunnie Watkins - Skulls & Skins Eagles Day is so much fun & a chance to get out of the house and get in touch with the wild at an often bleak time of year. Come enjoy the day with us! Need more information? -Call the Shaws at 785842-0475 or go to www.kawvalleyeaglesday.com.

Don’t just fret and avoid going near the windows! Get it together and contact JAS seed sale chair Linda Lips at ditchlily@sprynet.com or 766-3567 to buy extra seed from the Dec. sale. As the newsletter goes to press, black oil sunflower, red and white millet, sunflower chips and safflower seed are all available. If you live in town, Linda can deliver your seed. This year’s December Holiday seed & feeder sale was festive with snacks, music and birdsong for the enjoyment of shoppers and volunteers. The sale was very successful and JAS thanks all who came to shop on such a blustery, cold day. An enthusiastic chorus of thanks to volunteers who worked hard on that cold day: Ron & Joyce Wolf, Jennifer Delisle, Sharon Ashworth, Dana Adkins-Heljeson, Bill Dodd, Susan Iversen, Ed & Cynthia Shaw and especially our seed sale chair Linda Lips who also puts in many pre- & post-sale hours to ensure the seed is there and ready to sell for the benefit of the educational and conservation efforts of Jayhawk Audubon.

Golden Eagle. Patsy Renz U.S. Geological Service.

Saturday, January 19th at 4pm
Meet Steve and Sara Roels at the Clinton Lake Outlet Park. The trip will start with a scan of Clinton Lake for waterfowl, continue with a hike along the Wakarusa River to see who’s wintering there and end up by the model airplane field below Clinton Lake dam in hopes of seeing the Short-eared Owls emerge at dusk to hunt. Need more details? Email Steve at steveroels00@hotmail.com.
Short-eared Owl. Daniel Kilby

benefit from feeder food at least through March
so even if you are well stocked with seed now plan to order for the February sale taking place on: February 2 - 10am to 1pm.

Remember that birds can

Senior Center - 745 Vermont
Pre-order by January 28th using the form in this newsletter or at www.jayhawkaudubon.org




Brown Creeper. N.John Schmitt

Watching birds is fun because:


~Birds are beautiful ~Birds sing so many different songs ~The more you watch birds the more wild

Blue Jay. Charles A. Babcock Bird Day. 1901. Gutenberg ebook

things you see - like “anting” (birds rubbing themselves with ants!!?), mom and dad birds feeding baby birds, birds taking baths, baby birds learning to fly, a hawk eating a rabbit…. NEVER KNOW WHO MIGHT FLY IN NEXT!!! Count birds for the Great Backyard Bird Count because:

Northern Flicker. Charles A. Babcock Bird Day. 1901. Gutenberg ebook



~The numbers you send in are “scientific data”.

Scientists will use them to learn about wild bird populations: Are they getting bigger or smaller and where are they spending the winter?? If we discover some birds are in trouble, we can try and help them.

~Last year 81 thousand people counted 11 million birds for the GBBC!
White-crowned Sparrow. N. John Schmitt

Our Kansas birds need to be counted, don’t you agree?


~Visit www.birdcount.org for instructions and tips on identifying birds or
go to the library to check out a field guide or buy one at the next Jayhawk Audubon seed sale on February 2nd.

~ During President’s Day Weekend, 2/15 to 2/18, count birds in your yard,
Red-winged Blackbird. Charles A. Babcock Bird Day. 1901. Gutenberg ebook

neighborhood, park or wildlife area. For each kind of bird write down the highest number you see together at any one time - that way you won’t count any birds twice. The scientists need correct numbers!

~Watch and count for at least 15 minutes.

More if you want! Then report your results at www.birdcount.org. There are free computers at the library if you don’t have one at home. You can count every day if you want & send in 4 separate reports!

~The online maps & lists are updated during the count so you can see YOUR BIRDS
fit into the big picture. he website has lots of great pictures sent by counters.
The GBBC is sponsored by the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Downy Woodpecker Kirsten Munson



mothers make milk and nurse their babies. Bats help us by eating tons of insects at night.


are mammals just like us. The

People have a lot of wrong ideas about bats:
1. Bats do not get tangled in people's hair. Their sonar is so good they can catch tiny flying bugs. How could they run into a person’s big head??? 2. All bats do not have rabies….but a few do. Never touch a bat. Call an adult if you find one. 3. Bats don’t attack people to suck their blood. The vampire bats in South America feed on cows and birds.

There are bats all over the world except for the polar regions.

Used with permission from Enchanted Learning at www. enchantedlearning.com

ACROSS: 3 - Some bats live in a _ _ _ _ 4 - Most bats look for food at _ _ _ _ _ 8 - This web page is about _ _ _ _ 10 - The Bumble Bee Bat is very _ _ _ _ _ 11 - A baby bat is called a _ _ _ 13 - Bats are active at night and are called_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 14 - When bats fly out at night they are looking for _ _ _ _ _ DOWN: 1 - A Bat is a _ _ _ _ _ _ 2 - Flying Foxes are _ _ _ 5 - Most bats eat _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 6 - Nectar eating bats get pollen all over their_ _ _ _ 7 - Bats are the only mammals that can truly _ _ _ 9 - To find food by echolocation, bats make a _ _ _ _ _ 12 - Signs to protect bats are often nailed on a _ _ _ _ Here are the words you will need: foods, small, cave, mammal, pup, bats, post, nocturnal, night, sound, fly, head, insects, big
from members.aol.com/bats4kids.



Elizabeth Schultz Environmental Fund Awards Grants
The Douglas County Community Foundation announced in December that the Elizabeth Schultz Environmental Fund has granted nearly $20,000 to five local efforts to preserve and understand nature. Beth Schultz is an KU professor emerita, poet and loyal JAS member. The grants will engage the community in learning about and protecting prairie remnants in Douglas County (Grassland Heritage Foundation), provide funds for a new building to house wild animal rehabilitation (Operation Wildlife, Inc.), support field trips and a website to help children learn about the Kansas River (Friends of the Kaw), enhance a sensory garden for people with visual impairments and limited mobility (Kansas Audio-Reader Network), and improve hands-on learning at a summer aquatic biology camp (KU Natural History Museum). Elizabeth Schultz, who created the fund in 2005, hopes the awards will continue to encourage organizations and individuals in Douglas County to create new and innovative ways to support and understand the environment, saying: "Through increased attention to our relationship with the environment, our human community is enriched." The Douglas County Community Foundation encourages the support of a wide variety of local charitable causes. In the last seven years, it has distributed more than $2.3 million in support of health, youth, education, arts and culture, the environment and human services. - Marilyn Hull, Program and Communication Officer, DCCF

JAS officers & Board Members
President: Chuck Herman: 913-301-3921 hermansnuthouse@earthlink.net Vice President: Pam Chaffee Recording Sec’y: Joyce Wolf Corresponding:: Susan Iversen Treasurer: Jennifer Delisle Member Chapter Change Report: Chuck & Ruth Herman Membership Promotion: Dayna Carleton Newsletter: Susan Iversen: 785-843-1142 siversen@sunflower.com Conservation: Michael Fraley Programs: Jennifer Delisle/Joyce Wolf Education: Rex Powell Field Trip: VOLUNTEER NEEDED Publicity: Dayna Carleton Electronic Communications: Karyn Baker-Riney Bird Seed Sale: Linda Lips Birdathon: Richard Bean Christmas Count: Galen Pittman Migratory Count: VOLUNTEER NEEDED Eagles Day: Ed & Cynthia Shaw Hospitality: Esther Smith Historian: Ron Wolf Books & Feeders: Ron & Joyce Wolf Board Member: Sharon Ashworth Board Member: Dena Friesen Board Member: Lisa Grossman Board Member: Ed Shaw Board Member: Cynthia Shaw Board Member: Jake Vail

More Good News:

Black-footed Ferrets Return to the Kansas Prairie

On 12/18, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service released 24 captive-bred, federally endangered Black-footed ferrets into prairie dog towns in western Kansas: 10 on The Nature Conservancy’s Smoky Valley Ranch & the other 14 on two ranches in Logan County owned by wildlife The mission of the Jayhawk friendly families. In the past the county has carried Audubon Society is out mass poisoning of prairie dogs on both ranches to encourage enjoyment of, over the protests of the landowners, Larry Haverfield, to promote understanding of Black-footed ferret. Sophie Gordon Barnhardt & Maxine Blank. It is hoped the and Cayless. So.Dak.Dept.FGP. presence of the ferrets will forestall further poisoning. to advocate conservation of The release was the result of a 2 year effort led by Ron Klataske, Executhe natural world tive Director of Audubon of Kansas. For pictures of the release & the rest of the story go to the AOK website: www.audubonofkansas.org.

Black-footed ferret in prairie dog burrow. Sophie Cayless. South Dakota Department of Fish, Game & Parks.

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