Articles By: Curtis Wolf

Curtis Wolf is the site manager at Ft. Hays State University’s Kansas Wetlands Education Center (KWEC) at Cheyenne Bottoms. Curtis received a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology and a Master of Science degree in Biology at FHSU, studying freshwater mussels. Before taking the job at the KWEC, Curtis was a biology instructor at Barton County Community College in Great Bend.

The Wetland Explorer–Not Just For The Birds

This article appeared in the Great Bend Tribune on Sunday, October 21 as part of the monthly KWEC column, The Wetland Explorer. One of the best parts about working at Cheyenne Bottoms is talking with visitors that stop here.  One thing staff at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center have noticed is that almost everyone has a story about Cheyenne Bottoms.  If you follow the news items posted in the Great Bend Tribune, you know that […]

The Wetland Explorer–The Water(less) Year in Review

This article appeared in the Great Bend Tribune on Sunday, November 18 as part of the monthly KWEC column, The Wetland Explorer. Has Cheyenne Bottoms dried up before?  How much rain will it take to fill Cheyenne Bottoms again?  Did the two inch rain we received last weekend fill up Cheyenne Bottoms?  Why can’t we drill water wells and fill Cheyenne Bottoms? All of these questions, and others, have started common conversations at the Kansas […]

Windy, Dusty Days at Cheyenne Bottoms

Yet another reminder of how dry Cheyenne Bottoms is today.  Winds are blowing a sustained 35 mph and gusts are near 50 mph today.  As a result of the extreme wind, the dry exposed mud that is Cheyenne Bottoms is gettting kicked up into the air.  The Kansas Wetlands Education Center and the surrounding area is being blanketed by impressive dust clouds today.  Visibility is less than 1/2 mile.  It would seem that on a […]

Why did the turtle cross the road?

This article appeared in the Great Bend Tribune on Sunday, July 15 as part of the monthly KWEC column, Wetland Explorer. Although we call it the dog days of summer, many other animals are suffering too.  As we watch the pools of water at Cheyenne Bottoms dry up with each hot windy day, we are also watching how wildlife are coping with the drought.  In general, anytime an individual’s habitat changes, it has 3 choices:  […]

Wetland Explorer: In Search of Research at KWEC

(The KWEC Wetland Explorer column is printed in the Great Bend Tribune the 3rd Sunday of each month.) Many visitors that have come to the Kansas Wetlands Education Center recently have noticed some new construction.  Currently two new buildings have been brought in and placed on foundations just east of the Center.  These new additions to the KWEC grounds involve a project in cooperation with the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism to increase […]

Juvenile Bald Eagle

KDWPT migratory game bird specialist, Tom Bidrowski shot this photo of a juvenile bald eagle on 28 July 2011.  The eagle was spotted feeding on a dead racoon on the northeast edge of Cheyenne Bottoms.  It is quite rare to see bald eagles at Cheyenne Bottoms during the summer months.  The best time to see eagles is in the winter, especially in January and February as they follow the migrating ducks and geese.nike air jordan […]

Killdeer Nest at KWEC

On Sunday, a visitor pointed out a new killdeer nest in the front lawn of the KWEC.  We have had numerous killdeer nests around the KWEC the past two summers.  When I went to take a look, I found the small nest with one speckled egg.  Each time I see a killdeer nest, it amazes me how simple the nests are.  Killdeer nest on the ground.  Females scrape out a small depression, not more than […]

Whooping Cranes

nike air max Outlet Onlineair jordan sandals The Fall Bird Migration is a neat time of year.  Over the next couple weeks, chances are good we will see one of the most sought after fall migrants:  WHOOPING CRANES.  This morning, Quivira National Wildlife Refuge staff reported a single whooping crane spotted south of the QNWR headquarters.Sweden Oakley sunglasses Whooping cranes remain one of the most endangered birds in North America.  In the early 1940’s, only 16 whoopers […]