Audubon in Action

This page features photos from various events involving Audubon of Kansas staff, Trustees, or members, as well as members of local Audubon chapters. To submit your photos, contact Tom at tom@audubonofkansas.org.

2019

A little over a year ago, while observing improvements being done at Lakewood Discovery Center, Doug Rudick from SHAS suggested that an underused patio area overlooking the park would be a good location for a sensory garden. A sensory garden is a self-contained garden that allows visitors to enjoy a wide variety of sensory experiences. They are designed to be accessible and enjoyed a person with or without a disability. These gardens have enhanced infrastructure to permit wheelchair access. This garden will be designed to sharpen the senses of touch, taste and smell. A small fountain is planned to provide acoustic orientation for visually impaired visitors, and of course the songs and calls of the many birds will be enjoyed by all visitors. Brian Underwood (Lakewood Discovery Center Naturalist) agreed and a search for the necessary extra funding was undertaken. Kathy Mastin (Independent Living Specialist) from Independent Connection was recruited to help. Our grant writing efforts were rewarded with a $5,000 grant from the Greater Salina Community Foundation! SHAS is excited to help with this project which will allow visitors with various abilities to enjoy nature. The next step will involve planning and design. A completion date is not yet determined.

A little over a year ago, while observing improvements being done at Lakewood Discovery Center, Doug Rudick from SHAS suggested that an underused patio area overlooking the park would be a good location for a sensory garden. A sensory garden is a self-contained garden that allows visitors to enjoy a wide variety of sensory experiences. They are designed to be accessible and enjoyed a person with or without a disability. These gardens have enhanced infrastructure to permit wheelchair access. This garden will be designed to sharpen the senses of touch, taste and smell. A small fountain is planned to provide acoustic orientation for visually impaired visitors, and of course the songs and calls of the many birds will be enjoyed by all visitors. Brian Underwood (Lakewood Discovery Center Naturalist) agreed and a search for the necessary extra funding was undertaken. Kathy Mastin (Independent Living Specialist) from Independent Connection was recruited to help. Our grant writing efforts were rewarded with a $5,000 grant from the Greater Salina Community Foundation! SHAS is excited to help with this project which will allow visitors with various abilities to enjoy nature. The next step will involve planning and design. A completion date is not yet determined.

2018

Participants in a meteor shower watch party ride to the top of a hill in the back of a pickup truck. This event took place at Bird Runner Wildlife Refuge on August 11, 2018, and more than 67 people attended. It was co-sponsored by Audubon of Kansas, the Junction City Juneteenth Community Association, and Prairie Heritage, Inc.

Participants in a meteor shower watch party ride to the top of a hill in the back of a pickup truck. This event took place at Bird Runner Wildlife Refuge on August 11, 2018, and more than 67 people attended. It was co-sponsored by Audubon of Kansas, the Junction City Juneteenth Community Association, and Prairie Heritage, Inc.

Children greet each other and exchange hugs at the meteor watch party.

Children greet each other and exchange hugs at the meteor watch party.

Smoky Hills Audubon Society recently hosted a well attended "spider walk," though the program was forced indoors when rain and cold kept nocturnal spiders in their burrows. However, the presenter had brought numerous "pet" spiders with him, so when the lights were turned off, everyone got to see the amazing glow of spider eyes. Here, with the lights turned back on, AOK board chair Margy Stewart holds a friendly pet tarantula.

Smoky Hills Audubon Society recently hosted a well attended "spider walk," though the program was forced indoors when rain and cold kept nocturnal spiders in their burrows. However, the presenter had brought numerous "pet" spiders with him, so when the lights were turned off, everyone got to see the amazing glow of spider eyes. Here, with the lights turned back on, AOK board chair Margy Stewart holds a friendly pet tarantula.

Smoky Hills Audubon Society reaches out to area communities every year with a “Discover Salina Naturally” festival. Attracting several thousand visitors each year, the festival educates and entertains young and old alike. Here Ted Zerger explains how composting turns household scraps into thick black soil for gardens. Healthy soil is a foundation for wildlife and recycling creates a sustainable future for the state. The yearly festival held on the first Sunday in May features, 70+ exhibitors from live animals to fossils complimented with great food and entertainment.

Smoky Hills Audubon Society reaches out to area communities every year with a “Discover Salina Naturally” festival. Attracting several thousand visitors each year, the festival educates and entertains young and old alike. Here Ted Zerger explains how composting turns household scraps into thick black soil for gardens. Healthy soil is a foundation for wildlife and recycling creates a sustainable future for the state. The yearly festival held on the first Sunday in May features, 70+ exhibitors from live animals to fossils complimented with great food and entertainment.

AOK Trustee, George LeRoux, playing the mandolin at the Manhattan Farmer’s Market

AOK Trustee, George LeRoux, playing the mandolin at the Manhattan Farmer’s Market

Bob Mangile, of Sperry-Galligar Audubon Society in Pittsburg, Kansas, introduces a Prairie King Snake to some delighted children at Lakeside Grade School.

Bob Mangile, of Sperry-Galligar Audubon Society in Pittsburg, Kansas, introduces a Prairie King Snake to some delighted children at Lakeside Grade School.

Sperry-Galligar Audubon Society in Pittsburg, Kansas, demonstrates how to build a nest box for bluebirds. Lots of nest boxes were created during this workshop!

Sperry-Galligar Audubon Society in Pittsburg, Kansas, demonstrates how to build a nest box for bluebirds. Lots of nest boxes were created during this workshop!

A plaque honors Inez Alsop, who left her property to the Northern Flint Hills Audubon Society (NFHAS).

A plaque honors Inez Alsop, who left her property to the Northern Flint Hills Audubon Society (NFHAS).

The center walkway is complete at the Inez Alsop Bird Sanctuary. Ms. Alsop loved birds and chose the Northern Flint Hills Audubon Society (NFHAS) to inherit her property at 17th St. near Anderson Ave. in Manhattan, Kansas.

The center walkway is complete at the Inez Alsop Bird Sanctuary. Ms. Alsop loved birds and chose the Northern Flint Hills Audubon Society (NFHAS) to inherit her property at 17th St. near Anderson Ave. in Manhattan, Kansas.

2017

Laying brick at the Inez Alsop Bird Sanctuary. Ms. Alsop loved birds and chose the Northern Flint Hills Audubon Society (NFHAS) to inherit her property at 17th St. near Anderson Ave. in Manhattan, Kansas.

Laying brick at the Inez Alsop Bird Sanctuary. Ms. Alsop loved birds and chose the Northern Flint Hills Audubon Society (NFHAS) to inherit her property at 17th St. near Anderson Ave. in Manhattan, Kansas.

2016

Northern Flint Hills Audubon Society (NFHAS) member Kevin Fay starts work on the Inez Alsop Bird Sanctuary. Ms. Alsop loved birds and chose NFHAS to inherit her property at 17th St. near Anderson Ave. in Manhattan, Kansas.

Northern Flint Hills Audubon Society (NFHAS) member Kevin Fay starts work on the Inez Alsop Bird Sanctuary. Ms. Alsop loved birds and chose NFHAS to inherit her property at 17th St. near Anderson Ave. in Manhattan, Kansas.