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.
WHEN: May 14, 2022 (Sat.) at 8:00 am
WHERE: Park at Roth Trailhead and cross road to east to meet at Fitch
WHEN: May 25, 2022 (Wed. EVENING) at 8:30 pm
WHERE: approx. 770 E. 850 Rd – south of Clinton Dam
Black-footed Ferrets in Kansas - Stepping Back From the Brink
by Marty Birrell, Director, Prairie Park Nature Center, Lawrence, Kansas
Marty will provide an update on the black-footed ferret reintroduction in Kansas. She will also talk about the history and natural history of the species, the factors contributing to its near extinction, the role of captive breeding, the challenges of finding suitable, disease-free habitat, and the overall assessment of the success of reintroduction as well as the need for ongoing monitoring and support.
WHEN: May 23 (Mon) at 7:00 pm
Photo: Black-footed Ferret. Credit: J. Michael Lockhart / USFWS
Jayhawk Audubon Society Special Event
WHEN: May 14, 2022 (Sat) from 10:00 am-1:00 pm
WHEN: Mutt Run Off-Leash Dog Park
1330 East 902 Road, Lawrence, KS
Activities for all ages: games, beginner bird walk at 10:30, plant native wildflowers for pollinators from 10:00-noon.
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.
Jayhawk Audubon runs entirely on the energy of its volunteers, and we can always use more energy!
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
Grow trees, shrubs, vines and flowers
Lots of them
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
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.”