Nature Education - Spring

Cricket Frogs Chorusing and Doing the "Leg Display"

Cricket Frogs Chorusing and Doing the "Leg Display"

Posted Monday June 15, 2020
Northern Cricket Frogs are among the tiniest vertebrates on earth--but they have a big voice!   If you go near a stream or pond in late spring, you may hear what sounds like the clacking of castanets.   That's a chorus of Cricket Frogs, vocalizing loudly, announcing that the breeding season is underway.  Here is one tiny chorister raising his voice.  Note that his vocal sac is almost as big as he is! ...
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Milkweed Metropolis

Milkweed Metropolis

Posted Monday June 15, 2020
You can see it’s not just Monarchs that come to milkweed!  ...
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Bison Calves at Flint Hills Prairie Bison Reserve

Bison Calves at Flint Hills Prairie Bison Reserve

Posted Wednesday June 10, 2020
The people conversing about the new calves are George LeRoux, proprietor of the Flint Hills Bison Reserve, and Margy Stewart, past chair of AOK.  Both George and Margy are trustees of AOK. ...
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Plant Milkweed and the Monarchs will Come

Plant Milkweed and the Monarchs will Come

Posted Tuesday June 9, 2020
Here is a very happy Monarch caterpillar, munching away on his "host plant"--Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca).   ...
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Spring butterflies, spring blossoms!

Spring butterflies, spring blossoms!

Posted Thursday May 7, 2020
This video was made on May 1, 2020, at Bird Runner Wildlife Refuge, an AOK Legacy Sanctuary.   Meet one of the spring butterflies in Kansas, the Gorgone Checkerspot. ...
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Cellophane Bees

Cellophane Bees

Posted Wednesday May 6, 2020
 “Cellophane Bees” are among the first bees out in the spring.   Unlike our non-native honeybees, these native bees are solitary nesters; they do not live in a hive.  The females find or dig burrows in the ground where they create brood cells for their eggs.   They exude a substance from an abdominal gland that seals off the brood cells, just like cellophane.  The “cellophane” keeps water out of the brood cells, allowing these ...
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