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Volume 29, Issue 9 may2005

INVASIVE ZEBRA MUSSELS


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FOCUS OF MAY PROGRAM Spring is arguably the best time of year to go
birding, but the abundance of species that the season
offers can be intimidating for beginning birders
trying to make sense of it all. If you're a beginner,
Tony Stahl, Environmental Scientist with or a long-time, low-intensity birder wanting to brush
the Kansas Department of Health & Environment up on your knowledge of bird identification by sight
and/or sound, please join us to partake of this
will present “Invasion of the Zebra Mussels” at the
bounty! We'll meet at 8:00am, on Sunday, 15 May
Jayhawk Audubon Program on Thursday May 12, 2005, at the main entrance of the Baker University
2005 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lawrence Senior Center, Wetlands and walk from there. This entrance is lo-
8th and Vermont Streets in Lawrence, Kansas. The cated off the south side of 31st Street, midway be-
program is free of charge and open to the public. tween Louisiana Street and Haskell Avenue. Bring
whatever you need to be comfortable for a morning's
Zebra Mussels are a highly invasive mol-
hike (a hat, water, snack, and waterproof footwear are
lusk that have found their way to Kansas waters. recommended). For more information about this field-
Large colonies can form containing numerous in- trip, call Alexis Powell (evenings, 749-4461).
dividuals and interfere with the operations of water --Alexis Powell
intake facilities, irrigation systems, and recrea-
tional boat motors. This informative session will
provide information on the environmental and so-
cioeconomic problems associated with zebra mus-
sels, historical distribution and invasive migration,
and tracking and mitigation in Kansas. Ultimately
IN THIS ISSUE:
the program will cover the four reasons to care
about aquatic exotics. Birds and Pesticides 2
As part of the program, Pamela Chaffee,
Marine Safety and Environmental Protection Staff
Officer for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Eighth Chicago Turns Lights
Western Rivers District Division 31, will briefly
present preventative measures that can be taken by Down for Birds 2
recreational boaters to prevent the spread of zebra
mussels.
— Pamela Chaffee, Program Chairperson Bluebird Report 3
2 JAYHAWK AUDUBON SOCIETY

Jayhawk Audubon We send you the Birds and Pesticides fact


sheet with the gracious permission of Lawrence
Supports Pesticide- Waste Reduction & Recycling. See their website
at www.lawrencerecycles.org <http://
Free Parks www.lawrencerecycles.org>. Other good re-
sources are:
The Audubon at Home section of the Na-
tional Audubon website: www.audubon.org
Jayhawk Audubon supports the Pesticide <http://www.audubon.org>.
Free Parks Project currently before the Lawrence The pesticide section of the EPA website:
City Commission. This proposal, advocating the www.epa.gov <http://www.epa.gov>
reduction and eventual elimination of routine use of The Pesticide Action Network Pesticide
pesticides in our city parks, has been led by Marie Database at www.pesticideinfo.org/Index <http://
Stockett of the Old West Lawrence Association www.pesticideinfo.org/Index>
who can be reached at moonmama@swbell.net For IPM tips:
<mailto:moonmama@Swbell.net> or 832-1345. www.montgomerycountymd.gov <http://
Documents included in the proposal to the City www.montgomerycountymd.gov> then search for
Commission will be posted in the minutes of the IPM.
3/29/05 commission meeting and on Mike Rundle’s — Susan Iversen
website, www.mikerundle.org <http://
www.mikerundle.org>.

The proposal requests implementation of an


Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program rather Lights Out
than reliance on pesticides. IPM is explained on
the Birds and Pesticides fact sheet in this newslet- Chicago
ter. A real life example would be to ignore a few
aphids on your native honeysuckle. If the popula-
tion explodes, squash them with your fingers
A voluntary partnership effort that saves more than ten
(gardening is not for wusses!) or wash them off thousand birds each year
with the hose. If the hordes are still sucking the life
from your plant, as a last resort spray with insecti- Chicago is the first U.S. city to dim tall building
cidal soap, not a product like Sevin or Malathion. lights to save birds' lives. Through the "Lights Out" pro-
The latter two will kill everything else in the vicin- gram, Chicago's tall buildings have all turned off their
decorative lights during spring and fall bird migration,
ity including beneficials like honeybees and the la- putting them in the forefront of American cities taking
dybugs that prey on aphids. Sevin and Malathion action to help birds. In a great display of civic concern
will also be potentially damaging to you, your chil- and responsibility, all buildings cooperate with the pro-
dren and your pets. Homeowners are responsible gram by dimming their decorative lights for almost 5
for an outrageously high percentage of all pesticide months of the year, making 'Lights Out' a real success.
Field Museum researchers estimate that the program
use in this country. Do your research on pesticides saves the lives of more than ten thousand migratory
and you will realize that perfect green lawns and landbirds each year.
parks are not worth the risks from these poisons.
Go green and try IPM methods. Coordinated by Audubon Chicago Region, the
program is a cooperative effort between the City of
Chicago, the Building Owners and Managers Associa-
tion of Chicago, and the Field Museum.
JAYHAWK AUDUBON SOCIETY 3

JAS officers & Board Members

Report from the Kaw President Jennifer Delisle


Vice President Pamela Chaffee
Recording Joyce Wolf
Secretary

Valley Bluebird Association Corresponding Susan Iversen


Secretary
Treasurer Jennifer Delisle
Member Chapter Chuck & Ruth Herman
Change Report
Membership Dayna Carleton
The Kaw Valley Bluebird Association, started by Wes Promotion
Seyler and Tom Rodhouse in 1978, has grown from having one Newsletter Julie Maxwell
Editor
trail at Clinton Lake State Park to overseeing over a dozen Newsletter Susan Iversen
trails throughout the Kaw Valley area. The shortest trail has 5 Distribution
boxes and the longest 64 boxes, with most trails having 20-25 Conservation Susan Iversen
boxes. Many KVBBA members also maintain individual nest- Program Pamela Chaffee
ing boxes at their homes. Education Rex Powell
Field Trip Alexis Powell
Publicity Harley Winfrey
Our newest trail was installed this spring at the Rotary Electronic Karyn Baker-Riney
Club Arboretum near the Clinton Lake Sports Complex. No Communications
bluebirds have moved in as of this report, but some have been Bird Seed Linda Lips
sighted in the area, and evidence of nesting starts has been ob- Sale
Birdathon Richard Bean
served. This trail has 15 boxes. Look for the numbered nest- Coordinator
ing boxes the next time you take a walk or ride your bicycle Christmas Galen Pittman
along the trails at the Arboretum. It is a lovely park with trees Bird Count
and ponds, and we think having bluebirds nesting in the area Migratory Phil Wedge
will make it even nicer. We are grateful to the Lawrence Park Bird Count
Eagles Day Ed & Cynthia Shaw
and Recreation Department and the Rotary Club for their coop- Hospitality Vacant
eration in getting this new trail started. Historian Ron Wolf
Books and Joyce & Ron Wolf
Last year the Association monitored 189 total boxes Feeders
and counted 821 fledgling bluebirds. We have just started Board Member
Board Member Dayna Carlton
monitoring this spring and will be happy to report the final total Board Member Bunnie Watkins
to the Jayhawk Audubon Society after our October meeting Board Member Harley Winfrey
when all the trails have reported for the year. We were inter- Board Member Sarah Winfrey
ested in the data from the Society’s Christmas Bird Count of
218 Eastern Bluebirds as members had reported seeing blue-
birds this past winter, and some boxes that were checked had
signs of birds having used them since last fall. The boxes were
reported to smell faintly of cedar, and we think the bluebirds The mission of the Jayhawk
may have had a winter diet of cedar berries since insects were
Audubon Society is to encourage
scarce.
Tammy Steeples, President enjoyment of, to promote
Kaw Valley Bluebird Association understanding of, and to advocate
conservation of the natural world.
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