The Topeka chapter of Ducks Unlimited will host its 52nd annual banquet and live auction beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center in downtown Topeka.
Doors will open and refreshments will be served beginning at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and the live auction at 8 p.m. Early-bird prices for tickets are $40 for a single person, $70 for a couple and $20 for Greenwings (youths) by Sept. 12. After that, tickets will be $50 for singles and $20 for Greenwings and can be purchased at the door.
Among this year’s featured firearms are the DU 2019 Shotgun of the Year, a Benelli SBE3 12-gauge semiautomatic; a Colt 1911 22LR Hand Gun; and a Browning Cynergy CX Composite over/under shotgun.
For more information, contact Jeff Neal at 785-221-6625, Cheech Kehoe at 802-233-1472 or Thad Wende at 785-845-5210.
Ducks Unlimited also is putting on a Bring Back the Bottoms Tribute event on Thursday, Aug. 15, in Claflin to benefit the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism's renovations to the Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area, a key waterfowl hot spot within the state.
The benefit will take place at Camp Aldrich, located off of K-156 highway northeast of Cheyenne Bottoms, with up to 300 sponsors able to attend. The summer social begins at 5 p.m., followed by a prime rib dinner and live auction. Tickets can be pre-ordered online at https://www.ducks.org or by calling Josh Williams at 785-443-4486, Mark Schlegel at 316-641-5093 or Curtis Wolf at 785-623-3189 by Aug. 14.
KDWPT seeks input from waterfowlers
The KDWPT is seeking input from Kansas waterfowlers through a series of public information meetings as the agency examines current waterfowl regulations — including season dates and duck zone boundaries.
Each meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m., and all are welcome to attend. The meeting are scheduled to take place:
• Aug. 5 at the Ellis County Fairgrounds, 1344 Fairground Road in Hays
• Aug. 6 at the Kansas Wetland Education Center, 592 N.E. K-156 highway in Great Bend
• Aug. 7 at the Great Plains Nature Center, 6232 E. 29th Street N in Wichita
• Aug. 12 at the Kansas State University Alumni Center, 1720 Anderson Avenue in Manhattan
• Aug. 13 at the Lamplighter Inn, 4020 Parkview Drive in Pittsburg
• Aug. 14 at Cabela's, 10300 Cabela Drive in Kansas City, Kan.
Should proposed changes arise as a result of the public meetings, staff will make a formal presentation to the KDWPT Commission for final action beginning in November, according to a news release. All proposed changes that are voted on and approved by the commission will go into effect for the 2021-22 waterfowl seasons.
For more information, or to provide comments outside of the scheduled meeting times, contact KDWPT migratory game bird program manager Tom Bidrowski at 620-566-1465 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Klataske earns conservation honor
An area conservationist earned high praise recently for his efforts in the Midwest.
Manhattan resident Ron Klataske, who serves as the executive director of Audubon of Kansas, was recently honored with the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ President’s Award in recognition of his long-time commitment to conservation efforts in Kansas, Nebraska and the central Great Plains, according to a release from the KDWPT.
Klataske has led conservation efforts for 50 years as a representative of the National Audubon Society from 1970 to 1998 and Audubon of Kansas beginning in 1999. Klataske’s portfolio of successful campaigns includes the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in the Kansas Flint Hills and the designation of a 76-mile portion of the Niobrara River in Nebraska as a National Scenic River. The release said he was a driving force behind the creation of the Konza Prairie Biological Research Station south of Manhattan, the Tallgrass Prairie in Oklahoma, a trail system using the flood control levees along the Kansas River in Lawrence and the linear trail in Manhattan.