Educational Presentations

All events are free and open to all. Programs on all dates except May 2022 are held 7 – 9 pm. At this time, program locations are to be determined (TBD) depending on the covid situation. If they are going to be held on Zoom, the link will be posted on the home page on the day of the meeting.

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Upcoming 2022 Presentations
May 23, 2022:
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.  She serves on the Black-footed Ferret Recovery Implementation Team on the education committee. Marty Birrell has been the director of the Prairie Park Nature Center since 1999 and has been an instructor there as well. She also directed the Stone Nature Center in Topeka for 10 years before coming to Lawrence. Marty has been a wildlife rehabilitator since with Northeast Kansas Wildlife Rescue.

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Photos: Black-footed Ferret. Credit: J. Michael Lockhart / USFWS