JAYHAWK AUDUBON SOCIETY
2008/09 Slate of Officers
Voting for 2008/09 officers of the Jayhawk Audubon Soci-ety will take place at the June general meeting on MondayJune 23rd at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church at 1245 New Hampshire St. in Lawrence.
.The JAS Board Nominating Committee is advancing thefollowing slate, but nominations from the floor are welcome:President: Chuck HermanVice President: Richard BeanRecording Secretary: Julie TrowbridgeCorresponding Secretary: Pam Chaffee New board members at large are Sara Katich, Mark Kingand Alice Weis. Steve Roels has volunteered to be Field TripChair which is very good news for everyone who would likemore opportunities to go on guided walks locally. Chairs arestill needed for the Education Committee and the MigratoryCount. Call or email Chuck Herman if you can help in anycapacity: 913-301-3921 or email@example.com.
Birdathon 2008 Report
The weather on Birdathon weekend, May 3 & 4, was drier than last year, which was a plus for humans seeking birds, butalso very windy which may have kept some birds in shelter andharder to see. Of course the chance nature of what you mightfind is part of the appeal of birdwatching; otherwise we couldall just head for the zoo! In fact this year Birdathoners found 2Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks at Baker/Haskell Wetlands, a bird new to the Douglas Cty checklist! See full list on page 3.This year’s birders wereKelly Barth, Richard Bean-Birdathon Chair, George Frazier,Lisa Grossman, Susan Iversen,Linda Lips, Galen Pittman, SteveRoels, David Seibel, Alice Weis,Jeff Witters and Ron & JoyceWolf. Much of the birding waslocal with Burcham Park, ClintonLake, the Wetlands, Douglas CtyState lake and the Wolf’s very productive feeders all covered.Jeff Witters birded Quivira NWR and Cheyenne Bottoms producinga great shorebird list, and Linda Lips went down to the WildcatGlades Conservation and Audubon Center in Joplin, MO and birded the Ozarks’ Roaring River State Park.
Contribute to the Birdathon! Send a check made out to JASto P.O. Box 3741. Lawrence, KS 66046. It’s tax deductible and100% is used for local conservation and education projects.
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck.Sonoran Desert Museum
ZEBRA MUSSEL ALERT
Zebra mussels are now infesting Perry Lake as well as ElDorado & Cheney Reservoirs., Winfield City Lake & the WalnutRiver. They are incredibly damaging, attaching to surfaces bythe millions in layers up to 6 inches deep, clogging water intakes& boat motors, cutting swimmers’ feet, smothering native mus-sels and depleting fishes’ food! Remediation efforts are verycostly and not very effective.
PREVENTION IS KEY
. It isup to ALL who use Kansas rivers and lakes to stop the spread.Zebra mussel larvae are microscopic and free floating so theycan easily & unknowingly be transported. IT IS ILLEGAL toimport or release Zebra mussels in Kansas.
HERE’S HOW TO BREAK THE CHAIN
Never move fish, bait or water from one body of water to another.
Empty bait buckets on dry land, not in the water.
Drain water from bilges and live wells and inspect themand trailers, skis, anchors and remove visiblevegetation and organisms.
Let all equipment
for 5 days
before entering another waterway. OR wash with 10% chlorine and water solution or 104 degree water or hot salt water. Rinsewith clean water. DO NOT wash on boat ramps.Contact KDWP at 620-342-0658 if you see Zebra musselsin a lake or river other than the five listed above.
The JAS Website Has Molted! New Plumage on Display
After you return from your prairie excursion (p. 1), and,
, shower off any bloodsucking hitch-hikers,relax by checking out the new look of the JAS website:www.jayhawkaudubon.org. KU student Kim Le volunteeredher expertise to redesign and update it and it is much easier tonavigate.You will particularly notice the incredibly beautiful andevocative banner depicting the Wetlands. Lisa Grossmandonated her artwork and Dena Friesen donated her designtalents to produce the banner, and their collaboration has produced an image that opens mental vistas and creates asense of possibilities. It should draw people to JAS. KarynBaker-Riney has volunteered to continue the big job of maintaining the website. Kudos to these volunteers for their generosity & skillful work!