Topic: The Flying Flowers of Kansas
Speaker: Jim Mason
Date/Time: Monday, October 10; 7:30pm
Location: The Donut Whole (1720 E Douglas)
Jim Mason, Director of the Great Plains Nature Center, will present this program on Kansas butterflies, featuring the 61 different species illustrated in the GPNC Pocket Guide to Common Kansas Butterflies. Jim will discuss the life history of butterflies, their plant associations, and reveal some of their unique features and capabilities. Copies of the pocket guide will be available at the program.
Jim is a Wichita native and resides in the Riverside area. He earned a B.S. in Biology from the University of Kansas in 1975.
Jim has worked for the Wichita Department of Park and Recreation since 1978. In 1988 he began working as a Naturalist with the Wichita Wild program and currently is Director of the Great Plains Nature Center (GPNC). Jim also created and maintains the Internet web site for the GPNC and formerly did so for four other Kansas environmental organizations.
Jim has had a lifelong interest in the environment. He is a member of the Sierra Club, The Nature Conservancy, the Kansas Natural Resource Council, and the Kansas Native Plant Society. He has served as an officer in the last two organizations and is presently on the board of the KNRC. He co-founded the Ark Valley Butterfly Club, a chapter of the North American Butterfly Association. The AVBC disbanded in 2003, but he has carried on his interest in the Lepidoptera. He has been to Mexico twice to visit the overwintering sites of the monarch butterflies.
Jim served as a member of the Kansas Water Authority from October 1991 to July 1993.
Jim has written articles for the Kansas Sportsman, the Kansas Wildflower Society newsletter and the Symphony on the Prairie program booklet. He was co-author of the GPNC Pocket Guide to Kansas Freshwater Mussels and author of the GPNC Pocket Guide to Common Kansas Butterflies. He has written two local history books titled Wichita’s Riverside Parks and Wichita: Postcard History which were published by Arcadia Publications.