A public presentation on the threatened status of the lesser prairie-chicken is offered by Grass Roots Environmental Advocacy Team (GREAT) at 7:30 p.m. on Monday at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Convent at 3600 Broadway St. in Great Bend.
Attendees are asked to arrive about 10 minutes early to allow time for locating the lecture room. Entry is through the west door on the south side of the Convent; just press the call button. Parking is available on the west end of the Convent.
The talk and discussion runs about 45 minutes.
Troy Schroeder, former president of the Kansas Wildlife Federation and member of GREAT, will present the talk. As a former wildlife biologist of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Schroeder will cover topics on the bird’s population history, listing by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as “threatened”, habitat needs, potential impacts of certain types of proposed land uses and attempts to delist the lesser prairie chicken by varied development interests. Schroeder welcomes any questions the public may have.
GREAT is a grassroots environmental organization whose members meet monthly to learn about wide ranging environmental issues and taking personal action leading to a healthier environment for all people. Their goal is to pass on a healthy and productive natural environment to future generations. They promote understanding of environmental issues through educational events to encourage citizens to make sustainable environmental choices. Their members come from a diversity of backgrounds ranging from education, agriculture, religion, business, government and more. Members are mainly from Barton, Pawnee and Rush Counties.