Tuesday, March 10: Kansas Bird Populations and Distribution – An Ever Changing Mosaic

Chuck Otte

Tuesday, March 10; 6pm at Watermark Books (4701 E Douglas Ave)


In late summer 2019 a report was released that stated that the US and Canada had lost 1 out of every 4 breeding birds since 1970. This amounted to nearly 3 billion fewer breeding birds north of Mexico. Otte will discuss the report, look at some Kansas species that are expanding their range and also losing population numbers and then discuss some of the causes of the decline and what can be done.
Chuck grew up on a family farm in York County, Nebraska.
Attended and received 2 degrees from the University of Nebraska.
B.S. in Agronomy (Crop Production) – 1979
M.S. in Agronomy (Plant Breeding and Genetics) – 1981
Employed by the Geary County Extension Office since February, 1982.
Chuck has the sole programming responsibilities for agriculture, horticulture and natural resources for Geary County, Kansas.  He has been the Geary County Extension Agent for 38 years and served as President of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents in 2007.  
He served as Chairman of the Junction City/Geary County Metropolitan Planning Commission for four years, serving on the commission for a total of nine years. Chuck is a past president for the Kansas Ornithological Society (KOS), previously served as the KOS newsletter editor for over twelve years, currently serves as newsletter editor and secretary of the Kansas Ornithological Society and the Kansas Bird Records Committee and has served as Chairman of the Kansas Nongame Wildlife Advisory Council, an advisory group to the Secretary of the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. He has coauthored two books about Kansas birds.
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