The Smoky Hills Audubon Society (SHAS) will host its January 2015 meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, on the campus of Kansas Wesleyan University in Peters Science Hall, Room 229. Social with refreshments begins at 7 p.m., followed by a FREE program at 7:30 p.m. by Ron Klataske, executive director of Audubon of Kansas. The public is invited to attend.
This free program is titled “Enhancing and Maintaining Wildlife Friendly Lands: Stewardship on Private Lands and Audubon Sanctuaries.” It will highlight several private properties and wildlife sanctuaries that are exceptional examples of how individual ranch and farm families have managed their land to maximize benefits for wildlife. In addition, special properties that have or will become Audubon wildlife sanctuaries will be featured—including the Connie Achterberg Wildlife Friendly Demonstration Farm near Lincoln, Kansas.
Other subjects will include stewardship of ranchland in western Kansas used for reintroduction of endangered Black-footed Ferrets, illustration of USDA wildlife habitat incentive programs for enhancement of wildlife habitat (including habitat for Prairie-chickens), and the 5,000-acre Hutton Niobrara Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary managed by Audubon of Kansas. That sanctuary has two guesthouses designed to accommodate visitors seeking a unique family or group retreat.
Learn more about Audubon of Kansas at: audubonofkansas.org/
For more information about Smoky Hills Audubon Society, visit:www.smokyhillaudubon.com
SPEAKER: Ron Klataske serves as executive director of Audubon of Kansas, an independent membership-based nonprofit organization based in Manhattan, KS, and devoted to establishment of a culture of conservation and an environmental ethic. The mission of Audubon of Kansas includes promoting the enjoyment, understanding, protection, and restoration of natural ecosystems. Everyone with a bit of land, even with just a backyard, can do things to benefit wildlife from Monarch Butterflies to a variety of birds.
After growing up on a farm in Washington County in north central Kansas, Klataske earned a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology from Kansas State University and a Master of Science in Wildlife Management from the University of Maine. Following graduate school, he worked first for the Wyoming Fish and Game Commission, and then for 28 years served as West Central Regional Vice President of the National Audubon Society. When Audubon of Kansas, Inc. was established in 1999, he became the executive director and continues in that capacity.