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March 2010 Wichita Audubon Newsletter

March 2010 Wichita Audubon Newsletter

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March 5
Woodcock Walk at ChaplinNature Center, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
March 16
Regular meeting, “Raptors of Kansas” by Nathan Ofsthun.7:30 p.m.. at the Great PlainsNature Center.
March 20
Oak Park Cleanup. Meet by thenorth pond at 9 a.m.Leaders: Rob & Rosa McHenry,263-4042, rmchenryphoto@sbcglobal.net
March 27
Wichita Area Local trip.Depart from the King’s-XRestaurant, corner of 21st andAmidon, at 7:30 a.m. Leader:Kevin Groeneweg, 687-4268,kgroeneweg@sbcglobal.net
April 3
Spring Cleanup at ChaplinNature Center, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
April 10
Lesser Prairie Chickens &Swartz Canyon. See page 2 formore info.
Wichita Audubon 
For more information about any Chaplin Nature Center programs callShawn Silliman at 620-442-4133, or e-mail cnc@wichitaaudubon.org.CNC is located 3 miles west of Arkansas City on Hwy 166, north 2miles on 21st Rd, east 0.6 miles on 272nd Rd.
Volume 44 No. 6 March 2010
Our own vice-president, Nathan Ofsthun,will present the March program. “Raptors of Kansas” will be a demonstration featuring livebirds from the Kansas Wildlife Exhibit. Comeand get a closeup look at thesebeautiful animals.Join us on Tuesday,March 16, 7:30 p.m.at the Great PlainsNature Center. Youcan also join Nathanand other members for dinner at Doc Green’s, 10096 E.13th, in the Waterfront at 5:45 p.m.
March 5, Friday, 6:30 - 8 p.m.Woodcock Walk 
The American Woodcock is a fascinating and uncommon bird that has an
elaborate courtship at dusk. Although hard to see, we’ll be able to nd the bird bythe sound made by it’s wings in ight. After visiting the woodcocks, we’ll continuedown the trails without ashlights to listen and learn about other nocturnal
animals. Dress for the outdoors and wear sturdy shoes.
April 5, Saturday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.Spring Cleanup
Volunteer to help get Chaplin Nature Center in shape with building cleanup or trailmaintenance. Light workloads or heavy, your choice.
On Saturday, April 10, Pete Janzenand Ken Brunson will lead a tripto the Red Hills area to see LesserPrairie Chickens booming, followedby a visit to Swartz Canyon onthe Merrill Ranch. The group willdepart before 5 a.m. for the boominggrounds, so overnight lodging inPratt is suggested. The SwartzCanyon portion of the trip willinvolve fording the Salt Fork Riverand hiking for several miles. Youmust preregister with Pete Janzen at838-0182, pete.janzen@sbcglobal.net. He will give details of meetingplaces and suggestions for places tostay in Pratt.
Help support Wichita Audubon andChaplin Nature Center by buyingyour bird seed from us. We offer highquality seed, delivered to your home(within Wichita City limits.)Please submit your order by
Friday, March 26.
The seed will be delivered on
Saturday, April 3
25lb Song Bird Delight - $11 (Newformula)
25# Black Oil Sunower - $1325# Safower - $18
Song bird delight formula
35% parts ne grind (1/2 corn & 1/2
milo)35% millet
15% sunower15% safower
Order by phone, mail or E-mail. CallCarol Cumberland at 685-4867 orcarol.cumberland@swbell.net Mail:Wichita Audubon Society, PO Box47607, Wichita, KS 67201.
 Page 2
2009-2010 WAS Ofcers
President Sandra Tholen 634-0049 stholen@cox.netVice-president Nathan Ofsthun 617-7171 anseriformes@gmail.comSecretary Patty Marlett 942-2164 pmarlett@mac.comTreasurer Carol Cumberland 685-4867 carol.cumberland@swbell.netDirectors Kevin Groeneweg 687-4268 kgroeneweg@sbcglobal.netCurt VanBoening 644-1986 curtvb@earthlink.netJeff Calhoun 737-1307 jecalhoun@wichita.eduCatherine Lewis 681-3362 thexchange@cox.netMike Heaney 733-6459 jeager@southwind.netBob Gress 838-4130 bobgress@cox.netCommittee ChairsNewsletter Patty Marlett 942-2164 pmarlett@mac.comCNC Kevin Groeneweg 687-4268 kgroeneweg@sbcglobal.netPrograms Nathan Ofsthun 617-7171 anseriformes@gmail.comConservation Curt VanBoening 644-1986 curtvb@earthlink.netDevelopment Patty Marlett 942-2164 pmarlett@mac.comMembership Sister Patricia Stanley 744-2192 pstanley@csjoseph.orgHospitality Laura Groeneweg 687-4268 lgroeneweg@sbcglobal.netField Trips Pete Janzen 832-0182 pete.janzen@sbcglobal.netFinance Duane DeLong 684-7456 dwdelong@earthlink.netNaturalist Shawn Silliman 620-442-4133 cnc@wichitaaudubon.org
E-mail any ofcer: was@wichitaaudubon.org
Send address changes to Sister Patricia Stanley, 3700 E Lincoln Apt 123 , Wichita, KS67218 pstanley@csjoseph.org
The award committee is accepting nominations for the annualMeritorious Service Award. The criteria for selection include
outstanding or sustained leadership as a member, ofcer, committee
chair, or special project leader.Please include a brief description of the nominee’s accomplishmentsand why you think they should receive this award. The presentation willbe made at the May 18 meeting.Send your nomination to Dan Kilby, 1220 N. Gow, Wichita 67203, oremail ddkilby@prodigy.netPrevious recipients of this award:1994 John Wherry1995 Ralph Wiley & Geula McDonald1996 Nathan McDonald1997 Louise Wherry1998 Don Vannoy1999 Bob Gress2000 Dan Kilby2001 Rex Herndon2002 Wallace Champeny2003 Patty Marlett2004 Carol Cumberland2005 Sandra Tholen2006 Kevin Groeneweg2007 Laura Groeneweg2008 Duane DeLong2009 Pete Janzen
Page 3
John Flicker Stepping Down after 15 Years Service as AudubonPresident
The transition comes after major advances during the past year,including the spread of an Audubon-championed approach to saveimperiled Greater Sage-Grouse while allowing properly locateddomestic energy development, and the opening of three new Audu-bon Centers serving urban communities. During Flicker's tenure, Audubon focused on keeping common birdscommon, educating the public and decision makers about the impor-tant role of birds as indicators of environmental health, and connect-ing new and diverse audiences to nature and their power to protect it.Flicker envisioned a network of Audubon Centers nationwide to buildthat connection. Today, 43 Audubon Centers engage more than amillion people each year in nature discovery and conservation action.Urban Centers in places such as Los Angeles , Baltimore, Phoenixand New York City are helping to revitalize abused landscapes andempower local communities. Flicker also led Audubon through dra-
matic growth in revenue and programs as the organization identied
more than 2,400 Important Bird Areas across America. As Audubon begins a nationwide search for a new leader, Dr. FrankGill, well-known current national Board Member and former Audu-bon Chief Scientist, will be serving as interim President. Frank is theformer Vice President of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Phila-delphia and past President of the American Ornithologists' Union. Heis also the author of the acclaimed textbook Ornithology 3e. Frankunderstands the unique strengths of the Audubon network and will
seek to maximize their benet as we pursue our shared
conservation objectives. John Flicker will take some well deserved time off (birding!) but willreturn to work with Audubon in a new capacity to advance our vitalmission. 
Hog Island Birding Classes This Sum
-mer-Limited Space
Located off mid-coast Maine, HogIsland has been a national treasureto environmental leaders and naturelovers for nearly 75 years. It washere that teaching about the complexinterdependence of all forms of life,from the 150 varieties of birds onthe island, to the ferns, lichens, andmosses of the forest, became a modelfor environmental educators. Manyconservation leaders have launchedtheir environmental careers from theHog Island Audubon Camp. RachelCarson found inspiration here in the1960s; Roger Tory Peterson and Allan
D. Cruickshank, among the rst
teachers at the Camp, ignited popularbird watching in the United States.Now is your chance, but space islimited. Four adult ornithology sessions andone teen bird studies session areplanned for this summer. Dr. SteveKress, Audubon's VP for Bird Con-servation, will direct the sessions. Hewill be joined by some of the country'stop ornithologists who will serve asinstructors, including Kenn Kaufman,Pete Dunne, and Scott Weidensaul.
More at www.projectpufn.org
Join in our annual effort to keep this priceless birding spot litter-free.On Saturday, March 20, we’ll meet at 9 a.m. by the north lily pond.Wear your Audubon hat or shirt or name tag to help advertise ourpresence. Gloves are also recommended. We’ll provide trash bags andpick up sticks.As always, feel free to put in some time at your convenience if youcan’t join the group. Just let us know so we can document the hourscontributed. The leaders are Rob & Rosa McHenry, 263-4042,rmchenryphoto@sbcglobal.net.

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