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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.

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Upcoming Events

FIELD TRIPS

Fitch Natural History Reservation

WHEN: Sept. 10th, 2022 (Sat.) at 8:00 am

WHERE: Park at Roth Trailhead and cross road to east to meet at Fitch

Rice Woods and Douglas State Lake

WHEN: Sept. 14th, 2022 (Wed.) at 8:00 AM

WHERE: Park at intersection of N 500 and E 1750 Rd. (2 miles N of Baldwin and ½ mi E)

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EDUCATIONAL PRESENTATIONS

Running Out: In Search of Water on the High Plains
by Lucas Bessire  |  Sept. 26 (Mon.) 7 p.m.

Anthropologist Lucas Bessire journeyed back to western Kansas, where five generations of his family lived as irrigation farmers and ranchers, to try to make sense of this vital resource and its loss. His search for water across the drying High Plains brings the reader face to face with the stark realities of industrial agriculture, eroding democratic norms, and surreal interpretations of a looming disaster. Yet the destination is far from predictable, as the book seeks to move beyond the words and genres through which destruction is often known. Instead, this journey into the morass of eradication offers a series of unexpected discoveries about what it means to inherit the troubled legacies of the past and how we can take responsibility for a more inclusive, sustainable future.

This event will take place at the Raven Book Store where copies of Running Out will be available for purchase and signing.

Chimney Swift Sendoff and Social

7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Sunrise Project, 15th St. and Learnard Ave.

Jayhawk Audubon and Sunrise Project will host an ice cream social to celebrate the imminent departure of chimney swifts on their migration to South America. About 200 chimney swifts are currently using the chimney at the former Sunrise Garden Center. At dusk, they circle the area and gradually drop into the chimney for the night. We will gather at 7:30 for a brief talk about chimney swifts by Dr. Roger Boyd, professor emeritus at Baker University. Ice cream sandwiches will be served. 

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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