Daily Archives: January 23, 2015

Attend the 64th Annual Meeting of the Kansas Wildlife Federation in Hays, Kansas

AGENDA

Annual Kansas Wildlife Federation MeetingMeeting

6:30 pm           Registration

7:00 pm           2015 Legislation Presentation

Chris Tymeson, KDWPT

2015 Resolution Review

 

Saturday, February 21st

8:00 am                       Registration

9:00                 Opening of KWF Annual Meeting

Pledge

Presentation of Minutes of 2014 Annual Meeting

9:30                 Committee Reports

Treasurer

Issues and Action

Education

Membership

10:00               Affiliate Reports

10:15               Break

10:30               Resolution Adoption

11:00               NWF Report

11:15               Election of KWF Officers

12:00               Lunch  (included in cost of registration)

Northern Long-eared Bats in Kansas

– Dr. Elmer Finck, FHSU

 

1:30 pm           The Importance of Pollinators

Kansas Pollinators – Dr. Packauskas, FHSU

Monarch Butterflies and Roadside Mgmt. –

Orley “Chip” Taylor, Jr., KU

 

3:15 pm           Break

 

3:30 pm           The Importance of Pollinators (cont)

Managing for Pollinators – Zac Eddy, Pheasants Forever

 

4:30 pm           Adjourn

 

2014 Conservation Achievement Program Awards Banquet

 

5:30 pm           KWF Social Hour with Live and Silent Auctions

Dave Hendricks, Auctioneer

7:00 pm           KWF Annual CAP Banquet and Awards Program

Speaker – Scott Hoard, Courtland

“Once in a Lifetime”

Show birds some love on Valentine’s weekend: join the Great Backyard Bird Count

From The Outdoor Wire

Give Mother Nature a valentine this year and show how much you care about birds by counting them for the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). The 18th annual count is taking place February 13 through 16.

Common Redpoll by Helena Garcia, Quebec

Common Redpoll by Helena Garcia, Quebec

Anyone in the world can count birds at any location for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count and enter their sightings at www.BirdCount.org. The information gathered by tens of thousands of volunteers helps track changes in bird populations on a massive scale. The GBBC is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society with partner Bird Studies Canada.

Bird watchers fell in love with the magnificent Snowy Owl during the last count when the birds were reported in unprecedented numbers across southeastern Canada, the Great Lakes states, the Northeast, and down the AtlanticCoast. Expect Snowy Owls to show up in higher numbers during this year’s GBBC, too.

Snowy Owl by Jane Ogilvie, VT

Snowy Owl by Jane Ogilvie, VT

“It’s called an ‘echo flight,'” explains Marshall Iliff, eBird Project Leader at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. “After a huge irruption like we had last winter, the following year often yields higher-than-usual numbers as well. The abundance of lemmings that produced last year’s Snowy Owl irruption likely continued or emerged in new areas of eastern Canada, more owls may have stayed east after last year’s irruption, and some of last year’s birds that came south are returning.”

“This may also be a big year for finches,” notes Audubon Chief Scientist Gary Langham. “GBBC participants in North America should be on the lookout for larger numbers of Pine Siskins and redpolls. These birds also push farther south when pine cone seed crops fail in the far north of Canada.”

Bird watchers from 135 countries participated in the 2014 count, documenting nearly 4,300 species on more than 144,000 bird checklists–that’s about 43% of all the bird species in the world! In addition to the U.S. and Canada, India, Australia, and Mexico led the way with the greatest number of checklists submitted.

“We especially want to encourage people to share their love of birds and bird watching with someone new this year,” says Dick Cannings at Bird Studies Canada. “Take your sweetheart, a child, a neighbor, or a coworker with you while you count birds for the GBBC. Share your passion and you may fledge a brand new bird watcher!”

The Great Backyard Bird Count is a great way for people of all ages and backgrounds to connect with nature and show some love for the birds this Valentine’s Day. Participation is free and easy. To learn more about how to join the count, download instructions, a slide show, web buttons, and other materials, visit www.birdcount.org. While you’re there, get inspired by the winning photos from the 2014 GBBC photo contest.

The Great Backyard Bird Count is made possible in part by sponsor Wild Birds Unlimited.

Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever’s KansasState Convention Mar. 13-14 in Wichita

Two-day event for chapter volunteers, members, and those interested in enhancing wildlife habitat in KS.

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever in Kansas kick off the fifth annual State Convention on Friday, March 13 with the “Partners in Conservation Reception” starting at 7:30 p.m. The main event, the habitat-focused State Convention, is Saturday, March 14, featuring conservation leaders and breakout sessions based on three key topics-habitat, education & outreach, and chapters.

State Convention speakers include Howard Vincent, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever’s President & CEO; Theresa Vail, 2013 Miss Kansas, representative of Bass Pro Shops, and host of “Limitless” on the Outdoor Channel; and Richard McCabe, executive vice president of the Wildlife Management Institute, successful wildlife author, and son of Aldo Leopold’s first graduate student. Additionally, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism will report on the status of pheasants and quail in the state. Afternoon breakout sessions follow the morning speakers, including a cover crop roundtable with leading agency professionals and farmers, a wing-shooting clinic, how to be a successful chapter, and more.

“Through the Kansas State Convention, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever provide wildlife enthusiasts, conservationists, landowners, youth educators, and habitat gurus a chance to get together and share their knowledge and passion for the outdoors,” explained Marc Glades, South Region field manager for Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever. “Our chapter leaders, partners, staff, and guests are excited to be guiding this inspiring, information-filled, and interactive weekend that will refresh your wildlife conservation ethic.”

2015 KansasState Convention

Dates: Friday, March 13, 2015 and Saturday, March 14, 2015

Times: Friday evening “Partners in Conservation Reception”: 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Saturday State Convention: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Saturday evening “Grand Banquet”: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Location: Wichita Marriott, 9100 E Corporate Hills Drive, Wichita, KS67207 (location for all events)

Cost: Partners in Conservation Reception: $20 per person; State Convention: $25 per person; Grand Banquet: $30 per person

Highlights: Friday evening: Appetizers, games, and socializing; Saturday Convention: Guest speakers, lunch, and breakout sessions; Saturday evening: Dinner, chapter awards, raffles, games, and the LIVE auction

Contact: Chris Blackledge, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever’s regional representative in western Kansas, at (620) 767-2121 / email.

Register by Jan. 26 to earn three chances at a $250 Cabela’s gift card. Register between Jan. 27 and Feb. 12 to earn one chance at the gift card. To register, send a note and check (payable to Pheasants Forever) to Chris Blackledge at 503 Ravine Dr., Council Grove, KS66846, or register online at http://www.kansaspfqf.org/2015-convention. Hotel rooms are available at a discounted rate of $99 by calling (316) 651-0333. Offer expires Feb. 27.

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever in Kansas

There are 37 chapters of Pheasants Forever, nine chapters of Quail Forever, and 6,805 members of “The Habitat Organization” in Kansas. In total, chapters in Kansas have spent more than $5.1 million on habitat projects statewide. Specifically, chapters have completed 9,091 habitat projects, benefiting more than 262,641 acres of wildlife habitat.

Flint Hills Gobblers to host 14th annual spring turkey hunting clinic

Event open to first 250 who register

 

The Flint Hills Gobblers Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold the 14th Annual Spring Turkey Hunting Clinic and Internet-Assisted Hunter Education Class on Saturday, March 28. The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Dry Creek Sporting Clays, south of Emporia and is open to anyone interested in learning how to become a better turkey hunter.

Participants 17 years old and younger will receive commemorative t-shirts and JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) memberships. Prizes will also be drawn for youth at the end of the clinic. Lunch will be provided. There is no fee to participate; however, preregistration is required.

Participants will go through several education stations covering various aspects of turkey hunting, including:

Turkey biology and management • turkey hunting equipment and safety • turkey calling and locator calling • scouting and roosting • bowhunting for turkeys • shotgun hunting and safety • trap shooting • and target shooting.

An Internet-Assisted Hunter Education Class will also be taught during the clinic; however it will be limited to 24 students.

For more information or to register for the clinic or Internet-Assisted Hunter Education Class, contact Gib Rhodes at (620) 437-2012.

Learn outdoor skills at women-only workshop

Three-day event is perfect place to learn ins and outs of outdoor recreation

 

If you’re intimidated by the thought of picking up a bow, if you’re stumped at what lures to use when fishing, or if you’ve always wanted to kayak down a river, but don’t know how to get started, consider the Becoming An Outdoors-Woman (BOW) workshop May 15-17. Conducted at the Rock Springs 4-H Center near Junction City, the workshop will offer participants courses on everything from woodcarving and GPS basics, to rifle marksmanship and fly fishing. Participants get hands-on experience in several areas of their choice, while surrounded by peers with similar interests.

Offered through the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, BOW is a non-profit, non-membership program designed for teaching women outdoor skills. The workshop will offer more than 30 different classes thanks to a core of volunteer instructors, including KDWPT employees, law enforcement officials, and even past participants, all of whom are considered to be experts in their field.

Cost for the three-day workshop is $250, which includes lodging, meals and class supplies. Three $100 scholarships are available to first-time participants based on financial need.

To register, visit www.ksoutdoors.com, click “Services/Education/Becoming an Outdoors Woman,” and download a registration form. Must be 18 or older to attend. Early registration will be open to first-time participants through April 3. If spots still remain, past participants may register beginning April 4. Applicants are encouraged to apply early as the spring workshop has limited space and the application period will close May 1.

For questions, call or email Jami McCabe at (785) 845-5052 or [email protected].

Learn more and view pictures of past workshops at the BOW Facebook page found under “Becoming an Outdoors Woman KANSAS.”