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April 2006 Jayhawk Audubon Society Newsletter

April 2006 Jayhawk Audubon Society Newsletter

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Volume 30, Issue 8 APRIL, 2006
On Thursday, April 20th, Suneeti Jog, KansasBiological Survey botanist, will beguile us with photosof the beautiful wildflowers blooming from spring toearly summer in the forests and forest openings of eastern Kansas.
 Forests in Kansas??
Yes, Kansas
 the iconic prairie state, but our eastern section boastsfine native woodlands with their own noteworthy floraand fauna.Suneeti is expert in the field identification of plantsin the Midwest and Great Plains regions and her talk will emphasize taxonomic characteristics to help youclassify and put a name to the wildflowers of the springwoods. Her other specialties include ethnobotany, plant community ecology and economic botany. VisitKBS People (www.kbs.ku.edu) and click on her pictureto learn about her research interests in Kansas and India,and see pictures of Kansas and Indian research sites andher distinguished family.Come for BYO dinner with Suneeti Jog at 6:00 p.m. at Milton’s, 920 Mass. in downtown Lawrence.The talk is at 7:30 at the Senior Center, 8th & Vermont.Refreshments will be served!
 Rosemary Gilbert Bell 
7:30 p.m. Senior Center 
***TAKE NOTE*** 
Take your new skills to the field
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Woodland WildflowerWalk & Work Day
KC Wildlands Garlic Mustard Pull & Wildflower Hike at Isley Park Woods. Excelsior Springs, MO.Saturday, April 29, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Contact Linda Lehrbaum. 816-561-1061,ext. 116. linda@bridgingthegap.org. Visit www.kcwildlands.org.Or stay closer to home and
attend the last JAS
birding class
on the 29th from 9 a.m. to 11a..m.Stan Roth will lead a bird walk at The Prairie Park  Nature Center and help you develop your bird I.D.skills.
Stan also knows Kansas wildflowers
andwill gladly identify plants seen on the walk. Toenroll call the Lawrence Park District at 832-7930.(There has been a glitch with the online enrollmentfor our classes. The website has shown them as fullwhen they are not, so it is best to call to enroll. )
Ready For
Let’s hope so because theJAS Birdathon needs your help. This year’s Birdathontakes place the weekend of May 6th and 7th. Birders andsponsors are both needed tomake Jayhawk Audubon’s primary fundraiser a success.Birders recruit sponsors who pledge to give a specifiedamount for each species foundduring the Birdathon or simplymake a donation in the amountthey choose.Any donation is welcome and is put to work locally to further environmental education andconservation through activities for school children,Eagles Day, monthly program speakers, Earth Dayactivities, this newsletter and more. JAS also givesfinancial support to the Baker/Haskell Wetlands,Audubon of Kansas, events like the 35th Anniver-sary Dinner and the Lawrence Christmas BirdCount among others.But the real reward of Birdathon comes whenyou are out having a
time counting birds on asweet May morning in Kansas all the while know-ing that your support of Jayhawk Audubon’s stew-ardship activities helps to ensure that there will be birds to count and enjoy next year and for years tocome.
Call Richard Bean at 785-979-2649to bird or donate to Birdathon 2006.
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-The United Steelworkers Union , 850,000 strong &now including hardrock miners, rubber, nuclear, oil,chemical, lumber, pulp and paper workers has gonegreen by endorsing an end to logging in the Tongass, protection of ANWR, and investment in energyefficiency and renewables. Let’s hope this reflectsa broader shift in attitude among Americans toagreement that we all have to take action and stop plundering the planet without a thought for thefuture or the other creatures that share it.-In Lawrence, the Pesticide Free Parks Project is preparing for another year of supporting the Park District in achieving independence from Pesticides.We’ll keep you posted or you can contact MarieStockett at 832-1435 or moonmama@swbell.netto volunteer your help.
 Kirsten Munson
 Nominations for Officersand At-large Board Members for 2006-07 
 The following members have accepted nominationas officers of JAS for the 2006/07 year:Chuck Herman, PresidentPam Chaffee, Vice PresidentJoyce Wolf, Recording SecretarySusan Iversen, Corresponding SecretaryJennifer Delisle, Treasurer.Sharon Ashworth, Bunny Watkins andLisa Grossman , At-large Board Members.Other nominations including self nominations arewelcome! To nominate another member or yourself for office, contact Jennifer Delisle at 785-864-1538or jdelisle@ku.edu. Voting on the slate will take place at the May 11th general meeting at 7:30 p.m.at the Lawrence Senior Center at 8th & Vermont inLawrence.- Jennifer Delisle
The JAS board endorsed a statement formulated by the Kansas Natural Resource Council urging state-wide requirements for placement of power plants. Wichita and Burroughs Audubon, Kansas Chapter of theSierra Club, Friends of the Kaw, and Kansas Wildlife Federation also signed. Kansas once had such a stat-ute, but in 2000 it was amended to cover only nuclear plants rather than all types including coal fired. Nowlocal governments in Kansas are left to cope with this incredibly complex issue on their own. Statewideregulations should avert fiascos like the one in Cass Cty, MO where Aquila is under court orders to
tear down
a $20 million plant because they failed to get zoning or building permits in the absence of state laws.The joint statement will be sent to the Governor, the Kansas Energy Council, KDWP Sec’y Hayden,KDHE Sec’y Bremby, the Kansas House Environment Committee, the Kansas Senate Natural Resourcesand Utilities Committees and media outlets throughout the state.
 Currently, over 3,500 megawatts of new coal-fired electric power plants are being planned that will have an impact on the people and the environment of Kansas.They are proposed to be located at four locations across the state and one siteimmediately across the Missouri River, midway between Leavenworth and Atchison.We believe Kansas citizens, Kansas communities and the Kansas environment are being unnecessarily placed at risk because adequate consideration is not being given tothe environmental effects of where these facilities will be located and pollutants such asairborne mercury that will come from these facilities. The siting of these facilities hasstatewide effects and therefore the primary responsibility for making these sitingdecisions should reside with the state and not be delegated to local units of government.In addition, there are many "wind farm" projects in various planning and developmentstages across the state. While only a small proportion of the wind farm proposals mayactually move forward to become a reality, and though the "Heart of the Flint Hills" has been declared off limits to wind farms, these proposals still create environmental impactconcerns associated with siting them.We the undersigned organizations, representing a wide range of environmentalists,hunters, anglers and concerned citizens, call for the Kansas legislature to enacteffective, uniform, statewide siting requirements for new electric power generationfacilities of any type. These siting requirements should protect public health, preservecommunities and protect sensitive natural areas such as wildlife refuges, largewetlands, native prairies and major bird migration corridors. These requirements should be regarded as a baseline, and local units of government should have the power to setstricter siting requirements than this baseline.Until such improvements are made, we call on the Kansas Department of Health andEnvironment, the Kansas Corporation Commission and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks to make every effort to protect the natural resources of our state by using their existing review powers in the current permitting processes.

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