Kansas Wildlife Federation

Wednesday, May 24 2006

Stream Assesment Workshop

Filed under: — Don S @ 09:13am

This summer Kansas Streamlink is offering a Basic Stream Assessment Workshop at the Branded B Ranch, near Perry Lake. Teachers, water quality professionals, students, land owners and anyone interested in basic stream ecology are all welcome to come and enjoy a fun educational experience and opportunity to meet other folks with shared interests!

These workshops are a great chance to get out of the office and get your feet wet! Learn how to lead a basic stream assessment that can be done by one or many people, including community and school groups! Learn what conservation options are available for Kansans along with the strategies to develop assessment and implementation goals for your watershed.

Topics will include water chemistry, basic hydrology, aquatic biology, stream bank stabilization, threatened and endangered species, and the role of conservation districts.

Presenters will be from Kansas State University, KAWS, Melvern Lake’s conservation district, The Watershed Institute, and Kansas StreamLink. All meals and overnight accommodations are included in the price.

Come learn, share, and socialize in a fun and informal environment. Open the attachment for a detailed agenda. For workshop dates, cost, and a printable flyer and registration form, click on the link below, or copy and paste this address into your browser.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Kansas Streamlink at the number below. We hope to see you this summer!

Travis Daneke
Program Director
Kansas StreamLink
412 E 9th St.
Lawrence, KS 66044
Ph. 785-840-0700
Fax. 785-843-6080
Email: travis@streamlink.org

Thursday, May 11 2006

Great American Backyard Campout

Filed under: — Don S @ 03:51pm

Gather family, friends and neighbors- the second Great American
Backyard Campout is coming! On June 24th, folks all across America will
come together in backyards, parks, and camps to enjoy a night of
star-gazing, listening for nocturnal wildlife, and exploring a whole
other world right in your backyard. Be part of this nation-wide event!
Add your campsite today and National Wildlife Federation help you make
the most of your event with packing lists, recipes, nocturnal wildlife
guides, exploration activities, a night sky-guide, local weather and
more.” Great American Backyard Campout

Colorado Wildlife Federation Raffle

Filed under: — Don S @ 03:43pm

The Colorado Wildlife Federation is hosting a raffle for a deer tag and a pronghorn tag. The winner of each of these tags will be able to hunt anywhere in the state (any and all Game Management Units) they have permission from the last Saturday in August through January 31.

Tickets are available for both species and can be purchased up until the drawing at 4:00 pm, Friday, June 16, 2006.

Click the link to download flyer: Colorado Wildlife Federation

This same tag has sold for well over $100,000 at auction in recent years. 100% of the money raised will go towards habitat development for deer and pronghorn.

If you have any questions please contact CWF at 303-987-0291, or cwfed@coloradowildlife.org

Friday, May 5 2006

Earlier Spring Starves Migratory Birds

Filed under: — Don S @ 08:27am

By Sara Goudarzi
LiveScience Staff Writer

Trees are blossoming, plants are flowering, and temperatures are warming up. Spring is finally is here and everyone seems happier. Well, except for the pied flycatcher, a small bird that can’t schedule its breeding time to cope with the earlier spring season caused by climate change. The pied flycatcher winters in West Africa then migrates to The Netherlands for spring breeding. Offspring feed on caterpillars. Because spring is arriving sooner than in the past, the caterpillar population peaks earlier than the flycatcher’s arrival, resulting in scarcity of food for the chicks, a new study reports. This altered timing and resulting food shortage has led to a population decline of 90 percent over the past two decades in areas where the food peaks earlier. However, numbers dropped only about 10 percent in areas where food peaks the latest."The flycatchers have advanced their laying date but not the timing of their spring arrival in The Netherlands,” the study authors write. “The advancement in laying date was not sufficient to track the advancement of spring."These long-distance flyers have a fixed spring migration schedule and cannot predict at their wintering grounds when spring begins at their breeding ground some 2,796 miles (4,500 kilometers) away. Other migratory birds could suffer similar population declines if they are unable to adapt their journey to warmer temperatures, the researchers said.The study is detailed in the May 4 issue of the journal Nature.

Thursday, May 4 2006


Filed under: — Don S @ 01:01pm

Event covers everything from naturalist studies to fishing and
shooting sports
JUNCTION CITY - Kansas youngsters between the ages of
10 and 12 who enjoy the outdoors should make plans to attend the
Outdoor Adventure Camp (OAC), held annually at the Camp WaShunGa area
of Rock Springs 4-H Center, near Junction City. This year’s event
runs Sunday, June 11, through Friday, June 16, and is sponsored by
the Kansas Wildlife Federation.
Days will be spent hiking the grounds at Rock Springs
with instructors and gaining knowledge of how various Kansas animals
and plants live. Mammals, insects, birds, fish, amphibians, and
reptiles will be studied. Instructors come from the Kansas Department
of Wildlife and Parks, Kansas State University, Natural Resource
Conservation Service, county conservation districts, and other
Each afternoon, every youngster will be involved in two
activities, including canoeing, horseback riding, pellet gun
shooting, archery, fishing (twice), and arts and crafts (twice). Each
session lasts about an hour, followed by an afternoon swim in the pool.
The prairie doesn’t go to sleep at sundown, and neither
will participants. Nighttime activities include prowling for owls,
star-gazing, and watching bats catch bugs. Campfire snacks and
storytelling will round out the evenings. Wednesday evening will
include a fishing contest.
Other activities include scavenger hunts; rifle,
shotgun, and muzzleloader shooting; a volleyball tournament; and a
day-trip to the Milford Nature Center and Fish Hatchery. Kids will be
assigned cabins for their stay, and Friday, each cabin will perform a
skit associating their cabin mascot with some environmental topic.
Participants need to bring a swimsuit, sleeping gear,
clothes for a week, sunscreen, insect repellent, a cap, and a water
bottle. Food, instruction, and lodging are all included in the price
of the camp, which is $225. Space is limited, and the registration
deadline is June 6.
For more information or an application, phone
785-526-7466 evenings, 785-658-2465 during the day, or email

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