Audubon of Kansas Executive Director to Present at Kansas Wesleyan

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Salina, Kan. – Kansas Wesleyan University and the Smoky Hills Audubon Society present Ron Klataske of Manhattan, Kansas, speaking on the topic of “Managing Roadsides for Bobwhites and Butterflies/Native Grasses and Wildflowers”.

The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) manages more public “grassland habitat” than any other state entity. At the urging of Audubon of Kansas and an appointed state Task Force, KDOT now manages 20,000 miles of roadways with less mowing, fewer herbicide treatments, and increased seeding and planting of native wildflower and grasses.

Besides enhancing the aesthetics of Kansas roadways, these areas provide year-round nesting and habitat for birds like the Meadowlark, Bobwhite Quail, and many other species. Native wildflowers are also critical for pollinators, and unmowed vegetation provides many other benefits including acting as “living snow fences”, reducing road glare, filtering runoff, and decreasing the amount of litter that enters adjacent bodies of water.

Klataske is the Executive Director of Audubon of Kansas, and has held this position since 1999. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife Biology from Kansas State University, a Master’s Degree in Wildlife Management from the University of Maine, and has worked for the National Audubon Society since 1970. He grew up in Washington County, Kansas, and his focus continues to be on the conservation of prairies and prairie wildlife.

The program will be in Room 203 of the Hauptli Student Activities Center. A social begins at 7pm; the presentation is at 7:30pm. For more information, contact Marge Streckfus at 785.825.7889