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January 2008 Jayhawk Audubon Society Newsletter

January 2008 Jayhawk Audubon Society Newsletter

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Volume 32, Issue 5 JANUARY, 2008
www.jayhawkaudubon.org
BATS
OF
KANSAS
 
January 28th - 7:30 pm
 
In 40 years of teaching in Lawrence high schools(1959-1999!), Stan Roth found that his students knewlittle about bats and what they did know was usuallywrong. Bats are the second most numerous group of mammals in the world yet most of us are misinformedabout their lives and habits and thus many fear them.(FYI: Rodents are the most numerous group of mam-mals and also not generally popular with humans.) Tocounteract this ignorance, Stan has studied bats in thefield for many years and passed his knowledge on tostudents. On January 28th JAS will make it possiblefor members and the public to learn from him as well.Growing up in Olathe Stan was drawn to outdoor activities such as fishing, hunting & Scouting. It seemslikely that his six grandchildren are not among thedeprived kids always inside glued to computer and TV but instead get to roam with their grandfather on hisongoing projects studying Great Blue Heron colonies,cave bats, prairie dogs, ledge-nesting raptors, ferns &serpent hibernacula. In what passes for retirement, heserves as an adjunct educator/naturalist with the KSBiological Survey, consults with Prairie Park NatureCenter and gives KS Natural History programs.
GET BATTY with JAS:
 7:30 pm, Monday 1/28Trinity Lutheran ChurchFellowship Hall.1245 New Hampshire.LawrencePark east of the church.Refreshments!
Wash Dept. Fish &Wildlife.
OWL FIELD TRIP 
 Steve Roels will take us seeking Short-eared Owls!January 19 - 4 pm. Details on Page 2.

 
11th Annual Kaw Valley
EAGLES DAY
 
SUNDAY, JANUARY 2710:00am - 4:00pm
 
FREE STATE HIGH
4700 Overland Drive(
Just North of 6th & Wakarusa)
~
EAGLES UP CLOSE AND IN THE WILD
~
 
At this great
FREE 
event there will be live Baldand Golden Eagles and other raptors from Prairie Park  Nature Center, hands-on children’s activities such asdissecting an owl pellet, building a bird feeder,makinga craft eagle and more, expert speakers, many relevantenvironmental exhibitors and eagle viewing field trips!Delicious food for purchase from Cook’s BBQ.
FIELD TRIPS:
-10:00am and 3:00 pm.-
Meet at Clinton Lake Corps of Engineers office for field trips
.-Dress warmly; waterproof footwear -785-843-7665 for last minute info.
PRESENTATIONS
: Turn to P.2 for topics/times
~
 
JAYHAWK AUDUBON SOCIETY
2
WINTER FIELD TRIP 
 
Saturday, January 19th at 4pm
 Meet Steve and Sara Roels at the ClintonLake Outlet Park. The trip will start witha scan of Clinton Lake for waterfowl,continue with a hike along the WakarusaRiver to see who’s wintering there andend up by the model airplane field belowClinton Lake dam in hopes of seeing theShort-eared Owls emerge at dusk to hunt. Need more details? Email Steve atsteveroels00@hotmail.com.
Bird Seed Bonanza!!
Are you going to run out of seed beforethe Feb 2 sale??Are your birds
muttering 
andgiving you
dirtylooks
because of short rations??
 Don’t just fret and avoid going near the windows
!
Get it together and contact JAS seed sale chair LindaLips at ditchlily@sprynet.com or 766-3567 to buyextra seed from the Dec. sale
.
As the newsletter goesto press, black oil sunflower, red and white millet,sunflower chips and safflower seed are all available.If you live in town, Linda can deliver your seed.This year’s December Holiday seed & feeder salewas festive with snacks, music and birdsong for theenjoyment of shoppers and volunteers. The sale wasvery successful and JAS thanks all who came to shopon such a blustery, cold day.
An
 
enthusiasticchorus of thanks to volunteers
who worked hard onthat cold day: Ron & Joyce Wolf, Jennifer Delisle,Sharon Ashworth, Dana Adkins-Heljeson, Bill Dodd,Susan Iversen, Ed & Cynthia Shaw and especiallyour seed sale chair Linda Lips who also puts in many pre- & post-sale hours to ensure the seed is there andready to sell for the benefit of the educational andconservation efforts of Jayhawk Audubon.
eagles day
(
cont.)
PRESENTATIONS:11:00
-
Mike Watkins
- Eagle Nesting in Kansas
12:00 - Marty Birrell -
Eagles in Kansas: WhatDoes the Future Hold?
1:30 - Bob Gress
- Wildlife Photography:Faces of the Great Plains
3:00 - Bunnie Watkins
- Skulls & SkinsEagles Day is so much fun & a chance to get out of the house and get in touch with the wild at an often bleak time of year. Come enjoy the day with us! Need more information? -Call the Shaws at 785-842-0475 or go to www.kawvalleyeaglesday.com.
Golden Eagle. Patsy RenzU.S. Geological Service.
 
We
need
seed
!!
Mince Pie.
Christopher Morley1919. Project Gutenberg
e
 books.Short-eared Owl.Daniel Kilby
Remember 
that birds canbenefit from feeder foodat least through March
so even if you are well stocked with seed nowplan to order for the February sale takingplace on:
February 2 - 10am to 1pm.Senior Center - 745 Vermont
 
Pre-order by January 28th using the form inthis newsletter or at www.jayhawkaudubon.org
 
 
JAYHAWK AUDUBON SOCIETY KIDS’ PAGE
3
CALLING ALL KIDS, FAMILIES (
AND EVEN ADULTS!
)
GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT 
 FEBRUARY 15-18, 2008 - PRESIDENTS’ BIRTHDAY WEEKEND
 
COUNT FOR FUN
 
Watching birds is fun because
:
~
Birds are beautiful
~
Birds sing so many different songs
~
The more you watch birds the more
wild
 things you see - like “anting” (
birds rubbing themselves with ants!!?),
 mom and dad birds feeding baby birds, birds taking baths,baby birds learning to fly, a hawk eating a rabbit….
~
YOU NEVER KNOW WHO MIGHT FLY IN NEXT!!!
COUNT FOR THE FUTURE
Count birds for the Great Backyard Bird Count because:
 
~
The
numbers you send in
are
“scientific data 
”. Scientists will use themto learn about wild bird populations: Are they getting bigger or smallerand where are they spending the winter?? If we discover some birdsare in trouble, we can try and help them.
~
Last year
81
 
thousand
 
people
counted
11 million birds
for the GBBC!Our
Kansas
 
birds
need to be counted, don’t you agree?
HERE’S HOW TO JOIN IN
 
~
Visit www.birdcount.org for instructions and tips on identifying birds orgo to the library to check out a field guide or buy one at the nextJayhawk Audubon seed sale on February 2nd.
~
During President’s Day Weekend, 2/15 to 2/18, count birds in your yard,neighborhood, park or wildlife area. For each kind of bird write down thehighest number you see together at any one time - that way you won’tcount any birds twice. The scientists need
correct
numbers!
~
Watch and count for at least 15 minutes. More if you want! Then report yourresults at www.birdcount.org. There are free computers at the library if you don’thave one at home. You can count every day if you want & send in 4 separate reports!
~
The online maps & lists are updated during the count so you can see
 YOUR BIRDS
fit into the big picture. he website has lots of great pictures sent by counters.
The GBBC is sponsored by the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
 
Downy Woodpecker Kirsten MunsonBrown Creeper. N.John SchmittBlue Jay. Charles A. Babcock 
 Bird Day
. 1901. Gutenberg ebook  Northern Flicker. Charles A. Babcock 
 Bird Day
. 1901. Gutenberg ebook 
 
White-crowned Sparrow. N. John SchmittRed-winged Blackbird. Charles A. Bab-cock 
 Bird Day
. 1901. Gutenberg ebook 
 

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