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Spurred by a Concern About Fowl, Conversationalist & Bird Lover to Speak at PSU Thursday

A simple change in Krystal Antone’s daily routine at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, KS where she works as a Zero Waste Coordinator brought on a change that’s likely saved the lives of thousands of birds.

Extended interview with KRPS's Fred Fletcher-Fierro and Krystal Antone about her role as a Zero Waste Coordinator and working to protect the environment at Johnson County Community College.


Birds are dying every year at an alarming rate. But what is killing them may surprise you.

Large buildings and stadiums that provoke awe from the outside with their huge panels of reflective glass and inspirational views are a source of death by the 100’s of millions every year according to the National Audubon Society.

The problem for birds is two-fold. First, they are naturally attracted to light, especially birds that are migrating at night. The second issue is the reflective glass that creates more artificial light making it increasingly difficult for birds to discern between the sky.

Krystal Antone is a Zero Waste Coordinator at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas, and a bird lover.

Antone says that she got involved in saving birds at JCCC after noticing several dead birds at her workplace, likely due to large, glass-riddled, brightly constantly lit buildings on campus.

She’ll be speaking about the topic at the monthly meeting of the Sperry-Galligar Audubon on Thursday, September 28 at 7 p.m. at Yates Hall, room 102 on the campus of Pittsburg State. The meeting is free and open to the public.

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Since 2017 Fred Fletcher-Fierro has driven up Highway 171 through thunderstorms, downpours, snow, and ice storms to host KRPS’s Morning Edition. He’s also a daily reporter for the station, covering city government, elections, public safety, arts, entertainment, culture, sports and more. Fred has also spearheaded and overseen a sea change in programming for KRPS from a legacy classical station to one that airs a balance of classical, news, jazz, and cultural programming that better reflects the diverse audience of the Four States. For over two months in the fall of 2022 he worked remotely with NPR staff to relaunch to an NPR style news and information website.

In the fall of 2023 Fred was promoted to Interim General Manager and was appointed GM in Feburary of 2024.