Archive for Sunday, May 17, 2009

Kansas Land Trust to offer bird walk, prairie tour

May 17, 2009


Steve Roels, a master’s student at Kansas University, has been tracking birds for six years. In that time, he’s seen about 700 different species, 200 of which he found right here in Kansas.

From 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. May 30, Roels will lead a bird walk at the Lichtwardt conservation easement, off Queens Road just north of Free State High School. The walk represents the first guided tour of the property since it was donated to the Kansas Land Trust in 2001.

Roels said he expects to see between 30 and 40 species in that hour. “Even in a city like Lawrence, there’s these little pockets of nature,” he said. “It’s not necessarily knowing where to look, but you’ve just got to know to look.”

Kansas Land Trust also will be host to a wildflower and native prairie walk at the Akin Prairie from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. May 23. Kelly Kindscher, a plant ecologist and associate scientist at the Kansas Biological Survey, will lead the tour.

Kindscher said he expects to identify at least 100 species of native wildflower and prairie that day.

“Our prairie tracts are some of the few, small remaining pieces of land that are the same as they were before settlement,” he said.

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