What's New with AOK

Summer Trip to Far West Farm

Posted Saturday August 15, 2020
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Local Musicians Find Refuge at AOK Legacy Sanctuary

Posted Sunday August 9, 2020
During the hottest days of summer, McDowell Creek has been a refuge.   Local musicians, looking for a safe outdoor space to get together, came to Bird Runner Wildlife Refuge to play and sing next to (and in some cases in!) McDowell Creek:   ...
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Save the Date! 2021 Stone Soul Festival - 6/12/21

Posted Wednesday June 17, 2020
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AOK Juneteenth Virtual Celebration

Posted Wednesday June 17, 2020
Because of Covid, we in AOK are missing the in-person Juneteenth events we usually co-sponsor with the Junction City Juneteenth Community Association.  So here on our home page, we are hosting a “virtual celebration.”    We are remembering past joint events, and we are looking forward to next year.  AOK will once again host a Wildflower Walk in conjunction with the Geary County Stone Soul Festival. ...
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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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