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Bee-ing the Solution: Bee Research & Conservation speaker series

Posted by AAZK on August 18, 2017 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (1)

 

Join GKC AAZK for a fun night of learning about bees on Saturday August 26th from 6-8pm at the Lakeside Nature Center. Our presenter Jarrett Mellenbruch will be discussing his special art project Haven Hives. These special sculptures are working beehives that will eventually form a nationwide bee sanctuary.

Light snacks that are Bee pollinated will be served. Admission is donation based, and all proceeds will go to help Haven Hives!

 

****SPACE IS LIMITED***** Please RSVP to [email protected] or on the Greater KC AAZK Chapter's Facebook event to reserve your spot.

MEMBERS ONLY--Saving Night Flyers: Bat Rehabilitation presentation

Posted by AAZK on May 1, 2017 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Saving Night Flyers: Bat Rehabilitation presentation by Josh Tarnowski and John Harmer

Learn about bats and why they are important contributors to our environment! Get tips for how YOU can help bats!

$3 per person for current GKC-AAZK members

$6 per person for friends and family!

Pizza and soda provided!

RSVP to Jacque at [email protected] or on our Facebook page by May 15th!


About Josh Tarnowski:

Josh worked as an animal care professional for almost ten years, where he developed a strong affinity for bats above all other species. He's enjoyed the opportunity to care for species ranging from the endangered Rodrigues fruit bat to the (relatively) diminutive Egyptian fruit bat, including working as the AZA SSP coordinator and Studbook keeper for the Egyptian fruit bat.

He will be discussing a general overview of the bats of the world, including some of the noteworthy differences between the two major subgroups of bat (both in terms of their form and their evolutionary history), the myriad of niches this order occupies, and the tremendous benefits bats provide to both humans, and the environment in general. He will also provide some basic information regarding bat box construction and placement.


About John Harner:

John has been involved with rehabilitating Missouri wildlife since 2002 when he and his wife Kristine became volunteers at Lakeside Nature Center. As licensed wildlife rehabilitators through both MDC, and USFW, they have worked with many of the states mammal and bird species, including Missouri's bats.

John will be presenting information on the different bat species found in Missouri, including ranges, habitat, and behavior. He will also talk about what's involved in rehabilitating bats, and dealing with public contact. He will have some information to hand out, and if the timing is right, he may have some live bats for everyone to see.

Tree Roo Coffee--ORDER NOW!

Posted by AAZK on March 27, 2017 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (0)

It's that time of year again!  The GKC-AAZK will be placing an order for Tree Kangaroo Coffee from PNG YUS and Caffe Vita.  

12oz bag - $10

5oz bag - $8

Prices are for whole-bean coffee and includes shipping costs from the roaster in Seattle.  This coffee is only available for a few months of the year!


Get your brew on and purchase some of this amazing roast!

Place your order with GKC-AAZK by March 31 by emailing Jacque at [email protected] or contact us on our website contact page.

 

 In collaboration with Woodland Park Zoo and Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program (TKCP), Caffe Vita presents this exclusive roast from the YUS Conservation Area of Papua New Guinea. This coffee was grown under native shade in the gardens of those who have pledged their land for conservation.

 

Through a community based approach, TKCP has worked with local landowners to establish over 180,000 acres of protected land, home to the endangered Matschie’s tree kangaroo. Due to its remote location, the people of YUS have struggled to generate income for health care, education, and other necessities. TKCP approached Caffe Vita some four years ago with the idea of working together to address this challenge by establishing a sustainable coffee program.


Caffe Vita will give $4.00 from every PNG YUS bag sold to the Tree Kangaroo Conservation Project. This exclusive coffee from Papua New Guinea is named for the Yopno-Uruwa-Som region – a unique climate that produces wild animals and excellent coffee.

Learn more at http//www.caffevita.com/coffee/single-origin/PNG-YUS!

MEMBERS ONLY--Wildlife Photography 101 by Bill Araujo

Posted by AAZK on March 27, 2017 at 12:25 PM Comments comments (1)

This event is only open to members of the Greater Kansas City AAZK chapter, Kansas City Zoo AAZK chapter, and Friends of the Lakeside Nature Center. Not a member but want to attend? Visit our About Us--Membership page to learn about the benefits of joining The Greater Kansas City AAZK Chapter!


Wildlife Photography 101: Tips for Taking Better Pictures, With an Emphasis on Wildlife Photography presentation by Bill Araujo


Bill Araujo's presentation Wildlife Photography 101: Tips for Taking Better Pictures, With an Emphasis on Wildlife Photography is a special treat offered by Bill for our membership. Bill's years of experience will help everyone from amateur to expert to achieve outstanding photos of those difficult-to-photograph subjects--wildlife--in both natural and zoological settings.


Bill Araujo was a docent for more than 12 years at the KC Zoo. He currently volunteers at Ernie Miller Nature Center where he is a story teller and presents raptor and wildlife presentations. His photographs have been used and published by: The Kansas City Zoo, Ernie Miller Nature Center, the City of Overland Park, Parks and Recreation and the two Overland Park Golf Course websites. To view more of his work and photography tips, visit his website at ImagesByBillA.com.


$3 per person for non-members, friends & family. Current GKC-AAZK Members get in for FREE!

Pizza and soda provided!

RSVP to Jacque at [email protected] or on our Facebook page by April 10th!

New Meeting Schedule

Posted by AAZK on March 27, 2017 at 12:20 PM Comments comments (0)

The GKC-AAZK chapter voted to try a set meeting schedule for 2017.  We will meet the first Wednesday of each month, and will alternate between two formats:  a working meeting, and a reporting meeting with a speaker or activity.  April will be our first meeting in this format and will be a working meeting.  Which means that May will feature a report followed by a speaker/activity.  We hope to see you there!

Membership Dues are DUE!

Posted by AAZK on January 24, 2017 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Don't forget!  Annual membership dues are due!  Payment can be made to the chapter Treasurer, Pam Trueblood, by cash or check.

Board Nominations Accepted

Posted by AAZK on November 17, 2016 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Attention all GKC AAZK members--nominations for the 2017 board officers are currently being accepted.  The board positions of Presentent, Vice President, Secretyar and Treasurer are currently up for election.  Board positions require a commitment of 1 year and must be elected by a majority vote of active GKC AAZK members in good standing.  Nominees must be an active GKC AAZK member in good standing.  

To maintain active membership status, a member must have completed the following:  paid local dues to the treasurer, registered with the chapter secretary and have demonstrated to the secretary proof of currrent national membership, and met chapter member participation criteria.

Submit nominations to Jacque by December 1, 2016.

Fun Pasta Fundraising--NOW!

Posted by AAZK on November 17, 2016 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

This fundraiser is guaranteed to make you smile!  :)


Have fun with your food while supporting a good cause!  Visit www.funpastafundraising.com to shop all the available pasta shapes and styles, including holiday, sports, and special occasions!  But there's more than just pasta--check out the selection of meal kits, spice mixes and gourmet desserts!


With each order placed, 40% of the sale (excluding shipping) will directly support our fundraising efforts!!


Free shipping on orders over $50!  This fundraiser will run through December 1, 2016.  Choose great gift items for the holidays!!  

A VERY Successful Hamburger Mary's Fundraiser!

Posted by AAZK on August 31, 2016 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Thank you to everyone who contributed to and came out in support of our HamBingo event at Hamburger Mary's!  We had a raucuous night of good fun, good food, good friends and wild Bingo!  Congratulations to all of the Bingo and Raffle winners.  Check out our event pictures in our photo gallery!

Through your support we were able to raise over $1,400 at the event!  Thank you all for being a part of this!  We're already looking forward to next year's event!

Sincerely,

The Greater KC AAZK

National Zoo Keeper Week is COMING!

Posted by AAZK on July 6, 2016 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Starting the third Sunday of every July, AAZK chapters around the country celebrate and promote the work of their animal care professionals – the keepers.


This year, AAZK National is continuing the #ImAKeeper campaign to highlight the diversity of it’s members, but is also introducing #KeepersCare – a movement aimed at sharing keeper contributions to conservation both inside and outside of their facilities.


KC AAZK will be hosting various events throughout the week to celebrate keepers in many areas of animal care--zoos, aquariums, wildlife rehabilitation, and more!  Stay tuned for details!



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