Smoky Hills Audubon History and Founding
Smoky Hills Audubon--History and Founding The Smoky Hills Audubon Society (SHAS), a 501(c)(3) organization, was established in 1976 as a certified local Chapter of the National Audubon Society. The mission of the Smoky Hills Audubon Society is to engage in educational, scientific, investigative, literary, historical, philanthropic and charitable pursuits compatible with the mission of the National Audubon Society. The mission of the National Audubon Society is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity. Members of the Smoky Hills Audubon Society enjoy a variety of wildlife experiences throughout the year, including guided trips to different locations to view a diversity of bird species, as well as bringing in monthly guest speakers to talk about various wildlife and conservation issues. These speaker programs are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month, typically beginning at 7:00 pm, in Salina, KS Our monthly meetings and field trips are free and open to the public. All members and any other interested persons are invited to participate in our field trips regardless of their prior involvement in nature activities. Our volunteers participate in environmental advocacy, park clean-up projects, the nationally recognized Christmas Bird Counts, Earth Day projects, classroom educational programs and a variety of other activities in support of the chapter and its mission. Our largest education and conservation effort for over 35 years has been the protection and development of our SHAS Sanctuary. This 65-acre preserve is near the intersection of I-70 and I-135 and near the northwest corner of the city of Salina. It features a beautiful 20-acre lake and numerous trails through both prairie and woodland habitat. Trails, photo blinds, and bench resting areas are strategically located throughout. Our members support the Sanctuary through donations of time and money. The Sanctuary is available for environmental education by individuals, schools, scouting groups and others. Serving the following counties: Clay, Cloud, Dickinson, Ellsworth, Lincoln, McPherson, Mitchell, Ottawa, & Saline