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Wetland Learners Fall 2007 Wetland Learners November 2007 Rebecca Foster, intern, works with a small group of 6th grade girls from New York Elementary.

We had an excellent brainstorming session on October 23rd. Many thanks
to everyone who took part. The minutes are posted on the Dragonfly
County Google Group. http://groups.google.com/group/dragonflycounty/web/planning-10-23-2007
We’re moving forward on several of the fronts discussed at the meeting._________________

Attendance 10/23/07 Travis Boley – Association Manager for Oregon-California Trails
Association
Jeanne Klein* – Director of Kansas University Theater for Young
People
Carey Maynard-Moody* – V-President & Chair
of Water Quality for Sierra Club Wakarusa Group
Patty Ogle – City of Lawrence
Storm Water Quality Technician
Rex Powell* – Education Chair for Jayhawk Audubon Society,
President of Grassland Heritage
Foundation
Alison Reber* – Executive Director of
Kaw Valley Heritage Alliance, Coordinator
of Internships for WWL project
Stan Roth* – Wildlife
& Parks,
Kansas Biological Survey
Sandy Sanders – Education Committee of
Jayhawk Audubon Society, Coordinator of Schools and Facilitators for WWL project
Anthea Scoufas – Director of Education & Outreach for
Lied Center of Kansas
Randy Stout – Coordinator
of Research & Development for
Kansas Board of Regents’ Kan-Ed project

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Recently KVHA worked with several partners to launch a project called “Wetland Learners“.

Field trips are provided for 6th graders in the Lawrence area. The trips are facilitated community and partner volunteers as well as Wetland Learner Interns.

Post-secondary students in a range of disciplines are recruited for internships.

There’s more pictures of Wetland Learner events at flickr.

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NWTF Logo The Kansas State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) recently approved a 2008 Hunting Heritage Super Fund project at Clinton Lake. The Kansas Dept. of Wildlife& Parks will use the $4,600 award to create woodland openings and restore grassland at Clinton Wildlife Area.Management of native grassland is very important on the Clinton Wildlife Area. Clinton has over 200 acres of historical native prairie, most all of the non-native cool season grasslands have been converted to warm season native grasses and wildflowers.

Primary species hunted on the area include deer, turkey, waterfowl, mourning dove, bobwhite quail, squirrel, and rabbit. Also, a wide array of non-game birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians can be found on the area or migrating through. Trapping, fishing, and wildlife viewing are also popular past times on the area.

The Hunting Heritage Super Fund was established in 1983 to support the NWTF’s conservation and education programs. The program pools money raised at banquets, or donated by individual or corporate sponsors.

KDWP Press Release Kansas Chapter of National Wild Turkey Federation

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Alison Reber has sent you an Article from the Indian Country Today website.
Kansas: Lawrence – Wakarusa Wetlands Save the Wakarusa Wetlands Inc. – an association of Lawrence, Kan.,-based Haskell Indian Nations University alumni, students and community supporters – will observe National Prayer Day at sunrise June 21 in the wetlands south of Lawrence. The ceremony will be led by Jimm Goodtracks, Otoe-Missouria, assisted by Mike Smith, Dene, and is open to all who wish to add their prayers to save this sacred place from the highway builders. Jeremy Shield, Crow, will again sing a song to greet the sun. Participants will ask for the protection of the Wakarusa Wetlands (aka Haskell-Baker Wetlands), threatened by an eight-lane highway project approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, but delayed by state budget constraints. After years of claiming the trafficway had been ”de-federalized,” in an attempt to render federal laws protecting Native sites inapplicable, the Federal Highway Administration is back in the game. It recently announced its intent to adopt an outdated and severely flawed Corps of Engineers environmental impact statement in order to expedite federal funds for the beleaguered project. As has happened so often in this long struggle, the announcement of a decision, promised by March, had been postponed until after Haskell students left for summer vacation. A lawsuit is pending if KDOT proceeds with construction. This sacred place is the last significant trace of the original Wakarusa Bottoms, an 18,000-acre prairie wetland environment that existed for thousands of years before the draining and damming of the wetlands, which supplied Native peoples of the region with valuable medicines and important ceremonial items.

Elders have said the Creator caused the course of the Wakarusa River to go directly east toward the rising sun, in sharp contrast to the other rivers in the region, as a sign of sacred healing plants and herbs to be gathered there. About 600 acres of the Wakarusa Wetlands was located directly south of the dorms at Haskell Institute. The last major remnant of this wetland became a refuge where young Indian people from all across the country survived government efforts to exterminate their cultures during the off-reservation boarding school years. There, in the wetland refuge, young Indian people from Maine to California sang forbidden songs, performed dances that were federally punishable with jail time and refused to let the authorities ”kill the Indian” in them. Parents and other tribal leaders camped, often for weeks, beside these wetlands on the bank of the Wakarusa awaiting permission from school officials to retrieve or at least visit their children. Despite efforts to drain the wetland in the early 20th century, and Haskell’s loss of this property during the termination era, the Wakarusa Wetland, like Haskell Indian Nations University itself, has survived and flourished. The entire historic Haskell campus, including the wetlands, is reportedly being considered for designation as a National Historic Heritage area. Contact Michael Caron at (785) 842-6293 or mcaron@sunflower.com with Save the Wakarusa Wetlands in the subject line, or visit http://www.savethewetlands.org; Lori Tapahonso, executive assistant/public information officer, Haskell Indian Nations University, at (785) 830-2715 or LTapahonso@HASKELL.edu; or RaeLynn Butler, president, Haskell Wetland Preservation Organization, Haskell Indian Nations University, at Rbutler@HASKELL.edu.

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Coon Creek Cub Scouts Compilation

Early in May these hearty Webelos planted 75 trees out at a very wet Coon Creek wetland area. This is the first spring since the wetland development phase was completed – we’re excited to see the cells full of water! There’s more pictures of Coon Creek at flickr.

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