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Spring Blog from Far West Farm

Posted Thursday April 30, 2020
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AOK Legacy Sanctuary Receives Community Award

Posted Friday March 13, 2020
Jim Sands, President of the Geary County Juneteenth Community Association, presents a Certificate of Appreciation to Ron Young, proprietor of Bird Runner Wildlife Refuge, an AOK Legacy Sanctuary.   Bird Runner Wildlife Refuge has collaborated with the Juneteenth Community Association to host numerous nature based events, from wildflower walks and cook-outs to creek explorations and star-gazings.    For more on AOK Legacy Sanctuaries, see ...
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Search Begins for AOK Executive Director

Posted Friday January 17, 2020
Audubon of Kansas (AOK) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, dedicated to advocating for wildlife and prairie conservation.  It is focused on Kansas as well as other prairie states in the Central Plains.  AOK is neither administered nor funded by the National Audubon Society.  Its mission is to promote the enjoyment, understanding, protection, and restoration of the state’s natural ecosystems with a focus on birds, other wildlife, and their habitat for ...
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Ron Klataske to Retire After 21 Years with Audubon of Kansas

Posted Thursday January 16, 2020
Ron Klataske, Executive Director of Audubon of Kansas, will retire at the end of 2020.   A search for a new executive director has begun.   ...
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Whooping Cranes - A Poem

Posted Monday October 21, 2019
Elizabeth Schultz has captured the awe one experiences when seeing a whooping crane. She wrote this poem following last year's Celebration of Cranes.  Here it is, set to music and photos. ...
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Ron Klataske receives President's Award from the Western Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA)

Posted Friday September 13, 2019
 Ron Klataske, the Executive Director of Audubon of Kansas Inc. (AOK), received an award from the Western Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) this week. The “President’s Award” was presented to Klataske for conservation successes achieved in Kansas, Nebraska and the central Great Plains during the past 50 years. During the past half century, he has spearheaded conservation campaigns while representing the National Audubon Society from ...
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AOK Featured in Kansas City Star: Advocacy for Water, Streams & Wetlands

Posted Thursday August 22, 2019
Trump administration’s Waters of the United States rule removes critical protection from streams and wetlands vital for drinking water and wildlife ...
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Wetlands and Streams in the Great Plains Threatened by Proposed Rule: Your Voice May Help Save Them

Posted Thursday August 22, 2019
The EPA and Corps of Engineers recently held the one and only public hearing on a Proposed Rule that, if adopted, will redefine “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) in a way that will eliminate regulatory protection for most wetlands in the Great Plains and many thousands of miles of streams, including most tributaries that flow into larger streams and rivers. ...
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