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Welcome!

Jayhawk Audubon is the chapter of the National Audubon Society serving Lawrence, Douglas County, and surrounding communities in eastern Kansas.

Our mission is to provide opportunities for greater understanding and appreciation of birds and other wildlife, to encourage sustainable practices, and to advocate for actions and policies which result in protection and preservation of intact ecosystems.

Join us! All of our resources are available to the public free of charge and our meetings and field trips are always open to the public. If you would like to become a member, the cost is just $20 per year for an individual membership. Click here for more membership information.

Eastern Bluebird female photo by Jim Bresnahan.

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Upcoming Events

Annual Seed Sale

Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022  |  10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Senior Resource Center, 745 Vermont, Lawrence

It's that time of year! We're happy to bring you the seed sale again this year. To ensure you get the seed you need, please preorder (click the button below to see preorder options). We will have some extra seed at the sale but choices and quantities will be limited. Stock up for winter and get your holiday gifts for bird lovers! All proceeds support the educational and conservation projects of JAS.

Seed, Feeder, and Book Sale
Feeders and books will be 25% off!

Pre-Orders must be received by November 28, 2022

FIELD TRIPS

Dec. 10th , 2022 (Sat.)  Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge  8:00 am. 

We will meet at the Baker Wetlands Discovery Center Parking lot at 8:00 am. (Or you can choose to meet us at the lookout tower on the refuge – let me know to look for you). Due to continuing covid threat, please organize your own transportation. If you can possibly car pool, please do so. A large caravan of cars could diminish our success. Distance is about 115 miles one way and will take less than 2 hours. Our main targets this trip will be Trumpeter Swans and Bald Eagles. We could see up to 25 species of waterfowl. Grebes are usually abundant now as well. Among the hundreds of Trumpeter Swans will likely be a few Tundra Swans, we just have to find them! On arrival we will be viewing the throng of birds from the main lookout then driving the 10 mile loop drive around the main water body. I will have a telescope for the group. In some places other species will be seen such as several species of blackbirds, sparrows and possibly wrens could be present. Woodland species are also possible at several stops. Should be able to depart for return trip by noon. Option of bringing sack lunch and make a second loop around the area on your own. All levels of interest and experience are invited. 

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November Educational Presentation:
A Naturalist on the Amazon River
by Dr. Roger Boyd |  Nov. 28th (Mon.) 7 p.m.

 

The Amazon River is the largest river in the world by volume and slightly shorter than the Nile. It is approximately 4,000 miles long. Manaus, a city of 2.5 million is in the center of the Amazon basin about1,200 miles from the mouth. Manaus is where the Rio Negro (blackwater) and Rio Solimoes (UpperAmazon) converge to form twice the volume of river as it is in Peru. This past August Jan and Roger along with fellow Lawrencians, Susan Iversen and Marcia Hawk, four other birdwatchers and two guides explored the area. We travelled 100 mi by boat on the Rio Negro, another 100 mi of the Amazon to Rio Madeiras, climbed two 140 ft tall research towers north of Manaus to the tops of the jungle trees, and explored the 2.5 mill acre Amazona National Park on Rio Tapajos further down the Amazon. Roger will share photos of the trip and some of the 520 species of amazing birds, as well as other animals and plants that they experienced. Come learn about the exciting, colorful creatures that live along the Amazon.

This will be a hybrid presentation held both at the Carnegie Building, 9th and Vermont, and on Zoom.

BIO: 

Dr. Roger Boyd received degrees from Baker University, Emporia State University, and Colorado State University. He taught biology at Baker for 42 years and was Director of the Baker Wetlands for 36 years.Professionally Roger has conducted research on Horned Larks, Snowy Plovers, Piping Plovers, and Least Terns. He has participated in scientific collecting expeditions with KU Museum of Natural History in China, Paraguay, and Peru. He designed and carried out the restoration of over 500 acres of wetlands and prairie at the Baker Wetlands. Roger has served on the JAS Board several times since 1976, currently is the field trip chair, and has presented to the group about his travels throughout the new world tropics, England, China, India, and several countries in Africa. In his spare time, he is president of the Baldwin City Tree Board, the Santa Fe Trail Historical Society in Douglas County and serves on theDouglas County Heritage Conservation Council.

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Participate in the

Bird Counts

Dec. 13th , 2022 (Tues.) 

Linn County Christmas Bird Count.   
Contact Roger Boyd (785-424-0595)

Dec. 17th , 2022 (Sat.) 

Lawrence (JAS) Christmas Bird Count. 
ontact Galen Pittman (785-760-3572)

Dec. 18th , 2022 (Sun.) 

Baldwin Christmas Bird Count. 
Contact Calvin Cink (785-594-6546)

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Get Involved!

Become a Member!

When you become a member of Audubon, you become part of a group of dedicated people committed to the protection of birds and the habitats that sustain them.

Volunteer

Jayhawk Audubon runs entirely on the energy of its volunteers, and we can always use more energy! 

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Plants for Birds

Support the birds and pollinators in your backyard by planting native plants. The Jayhawk Audubon Society has joined with National Audubon to promote Plants for Birds, a nationwide effort to get 1 million native plants planted within five years

THREE TENETS OF GARDENING FOR BIRDS

1) Grow trees, shrubs, vines and flowers

2) Lots of them

3) Mostly native

Bird Counts

Help the birds by taking part in some Citizen Science during one of the bird counts. 

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Photo by Jarett Thurman - LeConte's Sparrow - Clinton Lake

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Statement on Avian Influenza

Avian influenza, or bird flu, appears to present minimal risk to humans. As of April 22, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported zero cases of bird flu in humans. Risk to songbirds (common visitors to bird feeders) also appears very low according to Dr. Julianna Lenoch, who directs the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (USDA APHIS) National Wildlife Disease Program. There has been no official recommendation that people should take down bird feeders unless they also keep domestic poultry. If you have a backyard poultry flock, keep their food and water inaccessible to wild birds and take down bird feeders. All people feeding birds should clean their feeders and birdbaths on a weekly basis, and, as always, avoid direct contact with wild birds.

 

On April 26, 2022 Kansas Dept. of Wildlife and Parks Wildlife Disease Biologist Shane Hesting provided the following statement concerning Avian Influenza and bird feeders: “At this time in Kansas, the risk to songbirds is low because most waterfowl have moved north in their migration and because of the ecological niche separation between songbirds and waterfowl. Make sure to thoroughly clean your bird feeders with a 10 percent bleach solution every two weeks to prevent other pathogens from affecting birds. The virus may return in the fall when the migrations to the south begin; stay tuned as more information becomes available.”

 

CDC Guidelines

 

Cornell Lab of Ornithology Guidelines

 

USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Guidelines