Shelterbelt Birds

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Shelterbelts attract a diversity of wildlife across the Kansas prairie.

Shelterbelts are hotspots for wildlife in Kansas.  If you enjoy bird watching in the shelterbelts near you, come listen to Fort Hays Biology graduate student, Katya Frank talk about her thesis research project on Sunday, April 7, at 2:00pm, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center.  The presentation is free and open to the public.

Katya spent last summer bird watching at 25 shelterbelts at Webster Wildlife Area in Rooks County, and Wilson State Park and at Minooka Park in Russell County. She recorded 58 total bird species in her shelterbelts!  Katya is comparing different characteristics of shelterbelts to identify what influences the total number of bird species that are in the community. Come listen to her results to improve the bird biodiversity near you and to improve your bird watching experience!

Katya has a B.S. in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.  This spring she will receive a M.S. in Biology from Fort Hays State University.  Katya currently has a Graduate Wetlands Assistantship at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center and has studied a broad range of ecological sciences. Her passion is conservation, and she will pursue a career in environmental education after graduation.

For more information about this program call KWEC at 877-243-9268.

Many songbirds that normally would be hard to find in Kansas, such as this Yellow Warbler, are attracted to shelterbelts.

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