Audubon of Kansas
 
 
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About

Audubon of Kansas (AOK) is an independent grassroots nonprofit organization that promotes appreciation and stewardship of natural ecosystems in Kansas and the central Great Plains, with special emphasis on conservation of prairies, birds, other wildlife, and their habitat. It is neither funded nor administered by the National Audubon Society.

AOK is made up of members and supporters from all across the state of Kansas and beyond. AOK is governed by a Board of Trustees consisting of conservation leaders, farmers and ranchers, and others who share a common interest in implementing AOK's mission and goals. AOK works throughout Kansas, Nebraska, and the central Great Plains, and both its members and Trustees come from numerous states across the region. 

Although AOK is not affiliated with the National Audubon Society, it works in partnership with local Audubon chapters and many other organizations. Representatives of local Kansas chapters serve on the Board of Trustees. AOK seeks to implement its goals by working cooperatively with individuals and groups representing a wide variety of interests including landowners, businesses, communities, policy makers and other conservation organizations.

Because AOK is an independent organization, we need your support to continue fighting for conservation and speaking out when others do not. All funding is dedicated to our work in the central Great Plains and prairie states.   

Mission

The mission of AOK includes promoting the enjoyment, understanding, protection, and restoration of natural ecosystems. We seek to establish a culture of conservation and an environmental ethic.

History

AOK has a long track record and deep roots throughout the Great Plains.

The organization was founded in 1999 by Ron Klataske, in partnership with local chapter leaders, and has fought on the frontline of many decisive environmental campaigns.

Why conservation now?

 

Prairies matter. Let's work together to conserve wildlife, habitat, and natural resources now. 

 
 

The history of human-grassland interactions is an important part of our story as a species. Unfortunately, the current chapter foreshadows a bleak future for grasslands in many parts of the world, along with the cultures and other species that depend upon them. 

Temperate grasslands are one of our planet’s most endangered and least protected biomes. In the Great Plains of North America, for example, prairie landscapes and wildlife are rapidly vanishing, and very little of this land is formally protected. Less than three percent of the continent’s tallgrass prairie remains after more than 150 years of conversion to agriculture, which continues unabated. Within the past decade, large swaths of remaining native grassland have been replaced with corn and soybean monocultures, driven substantially by government subsidies for ethanol and biofuel production.   

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This story, however, is not over. By working together, we can write new chapters in which prairies, wildlife, and their habitat are protected, valued, and passed on to future generation.

Fortunately, this is exactly what Audubon of Kansas is working to do.

The hard work and fearless leadership of Audubon of Kansas—along with the many dedicated ranchers, farmers, conservationists, and supporters who make it thrive—give me hope that, one day, anthropologists like myself might look back to see that this grassroots organization changed the course of history and made the world a better place for humans, grasslands, and the diversity of life that dwells within them.

Ryan Klataske, PhD
Special Outreach Director, Audubon of Kansas

 
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Staff, Board of Trustees, and Honorary Trustees

Dedicated conservation leaders in Kansas and the central Great Plains

 
 

STAFF

Ron Klataske

Executive Director

Ryan Klataske, PhD

Special Outreach Director

 

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

margy stewart, Chair

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Bernita berntsen

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Steve edmonds

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David gnirk

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john head

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lucia johnson

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Robert Mcelroy

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Randy rathbun

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elizabeth schultz

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Joyce wolf

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Dan baffa

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Rex buchanan

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tom ewert

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Royce guhr

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larry hower

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Bruce kennedy

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galen pittman

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doug rudick

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dick seaton

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ron wolf

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phillip baker

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Michael Donnelly

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matt gearheart

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gary haden

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cindy jeffery

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Cathy lucas

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mary powell

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john schukman

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Richard G. Tucker

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Honorary Trustees

mike bily

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Bette haverfield

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Carol morgan

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Barbara atkinson

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wesley sandall

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Don wissman

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carol cumberland

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don heikes

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Anice robel

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glenn chambers

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marjorie streckfus

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Kristine B. Davis

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Patty marlett

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Charles Wright

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Karl & carmen jungbluth

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Paul willis

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