Black-footed Ferrets in Kansas - Stepping Back from the Brink


Event details

Jayhawk Audubon Society September Program September 23, 2013 - 7:30 p.m. - Free to the public

Marty Birrell, Director, Prairie Park Nature Center, Lawrence, Kansas, and Dave the black-footed ferret from Prairie Park Nature Center, will be the 'presenters' of a program entitled "Black-footed Ferrets in Kansas - Stepping Back From the Brink."

Marty will provide an update on the black-footed ferret reintroduction in Kansas. She will also talk about the history and natural history of the species, the factors contributing to its near extinction, the role of captive breeding, the challenges of finding suitable, disease-free habitat, and the overall assessment of the success of reintroduction as well as the need for ongoing monitoring and support. Meanwhile, Dave will fascinate all simply by being his furry, live self.

Marty Birrell has been the director of the Prairie Park Nature Center since 1999 and has been an instructor there as well. She also directed the Stone Nature Center in Topeka for 10 years before coming to Lawrence. Marty has been a wildlife rehabilitator for 22 years and the last 13 as Head of Rehab in northeast Kansas.

Optional dinner with Marty Birrell (but sorry, not with Dave) - 5:00 p.m. at Free State Brewery, 636 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS

The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.


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