University and Audubon team up to bring wildlife education to the public – Newstalk KZRG

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Pittsburgh, Kan. – Wildlife viewing is one of the fastest growing wildlife-related recreational activities in the United States, and those who live within driving distance of Pittsburg State University will have the opportunity to learn more about it this fall, thanks to an ongoing partnership between the Biology Department and the Sperry-Galligar Audubon Society.

Associate Professor Andrew George, who is now program chair for the local Audubon chapter, began hosting monthly walks for beginners on the first Saturday of each month at 8 a.m. His next walks are scheduled for Oct. 1, Nov. 5, and Dec. 3. Locations include public lands such as Wilderness Park and Prairie State Park.

They are free and open to the public, and all ages and abilities are welcome. Details can be found on the Sperry-Galligar Audubon Society Facebook page.

George also hosted an informative semester of free programs featuring expert speakers. The programs will take place at PSU at 7 p.m. in Room 102 of Yates Hall and they are free and open to the public.

September 29
Kansas Flyways: Current and Future Understanding of Bird Movements
Presented by Alice Boyle, Kansas State University

Why is Kansas such an interesting place to study bird movement? Learn from Boyle – an internationally renowned scholar – about the new findings, an exciting new initiative that is already transforming the study of bird migration, and how automated telemetry could dramatically improve our understanding of how birds use our grasslands.

October 27
Fantastic Birds and Where to Find Them
Presented by Mary and Alex Marine, Pittsburg State University

From coast to coast, from beaches to mountain ridges, from cities to wilderness, fantastic birds are everywhere! Join us on an adventure across the United States as Mary and Alex tell stories and share photos of amazing birds, stunning scenery, close encounters with wildlife, and interesting bird projects they have done. part !

The Marines, who are graduate students of George, have also planned a photo exhibit for The Root Gallery at the Root Coffeehouse & Creperie, as well as a few lectures open to the public that will focus on various aspects of birdwatching.

1st December
Kansas Bird Trail and Wildlife Viewing
Jenn Rader, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks

Learn from Rader, who runs the Southeast Kansas Nature Center at Schermerhorn Park in Galena, Kansas, how a new program with KDWP was created, the importance of wildlife watchers in outdoor recreation air today and a new program to promote women in the outdoors.

Andrew George joined the faculty at PSU in 2016 and teaches courses in Ornithology (Birds), Herpetology (Amphibians and Reptiles), Wildlife Ecology and Management, Terrestrial Ecology, Principles of Ecology and general biology.

He and his students conduct two important field research projects: they work closely with the Missouri Department of Conservation to study the long-term effects of forest management on bird communities as part of the 100-year-old Missouri Ozark Forest Ecosystem, and with support from the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, are working on a project to study and help protect Kansas’ only colony of endangered gray bats. of disappearance at the federal level.

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