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April Meeting

Audubon of Kansas Sanctuaries

Ron Klataske, Executive Director of Audubon of Kansas (AOK), will speak at the JAS meeting, April 27, about AOK’s sanctuaries, with special focus on the nearly 5,000-acre Hutton Niobrara Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary near Bassett, Nebraska. 

The sanctuary protects diverse wildlife habitat including wet meadows along the scenic Niobrara River which play host to Bobolinks. In recent years a pair of Sandhill Cranes has successfully fledged one or more chicks – likely the first such occurrence in decades in the area.  And just a short distance from the Hutton House a visitor can see Sharp-tailed Grouse. 

The Ranch also has large expanses of prairie grasses,  used for pasturing cattle, both to demonstrate that ranching can be wildlife friendly and for the rent which helps offset operating expenses and property taxes.  Trails are being established through the property for hiking and horseback riding.  There is a lovely wooded riparian corridor along the Niobrara and spectacular vistas of the river valley can be seen from the bluffs.

Other Kansas Audubon chapters have taken extended field trips to the Sanctuary and JAS is considering doing so as well — if there is enough interest and a suitable date can be arranged. Visitors can stay at either of the two houses on the property—the Hutton house and the Lazy Easy house. 

Ron, who has an immense amount of experience in  wildlife habitat preservation and conservation issues, will also talk about the most recent sanctuary to be added to AOK’s list: the Achterberg Wildlife Friendly Demonstration Farm northwest of Salina in Lincoln County. 

~  Joyce Wolf

BYO dinner with Ron Klataske:   5:00 p.m.
Ingredient, corner of 10th & Mass in
downtown Lawrence.  Please let Joyce Wolf
know if you plan to join us for dinner:
rjjawolf@sunflower.com or 785-887-6019.

Program:  7:30 p.m.  Trinity Lutheran Church
Fellowship Hall.  1245 New Hampshire St.

45th Anniversary Dinner

Monday, May 18th

Join us as we celebrate JAS’s 45th Anniversary on Monday, May 18th. Enjoy visiting with other members prior to our guest, Ann Birney of Ride Into History, entertaining us with a re-enactment of famed conservationist Rachel Carson followed by a catered dinner. Reservations required so find out all the details at this link to the newsletter article - http://www.jayhawkaudubon.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/newsletters/2015-04-newsletter.pdf

May is Birdathon Time

JAS Fund Drive: “Get jizzed up for Birdathon” says Richard! The birdathon is a fun way of supporting JAS as you’ll have the chance to get out to do some birding with fellow members during the peak of the migration for warblers, waterfowl and more. Check out the article in the newsletter at jayhawkaudubon.org for more details. We’ll provide the opportunities with a couple of field trips to be announced in the coming weeks. Sign up for our listerv to get all the notices on the upcoming trips and other events. Send a note simply saying “sign me up!” to jayhawkaudubon@earthlink.net. Hope to see you in May!

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