Articles By: Pam Martin

New toad species heard at KWEC

Several Great Plains Narrowmouth Toads were heard calling Monday night, July 29, in the marsh around KWEC, a first for Cheyenne Bottoms and Barton County.

As evening approached on Monday, the frog and toad calls became a full roar in the marsh and pond area around KWEC. Six different species were identified by their calls, including a new one for this area, the Great Plains Narrowmouth Toad. With a call compared to an angry bee or large sheep, the narrowmouth toads make their presence known. There were at least three calling. According to “Amphibians, Reptiles and Turtles in Kansas” a [...]

Wetland Explorer: Squirrels offer winter entertainment

fox squirrel at feeder

By Pam Martin Kansas Department Wildlife, Parks and Tourism educator People who feed birds often curse them, but for viewing fun, you can’t beat a fox squirrel. With tree branches stripped of leaves, these furry aerialists’ antics are easily viewed from the comfort of your home during the winter season. A fox squirrel strikes a familiar pose at one of its favorite food sources, a bird feeder. Although considered a pest by many who feed [...]

Monarchs Wintering In Mexico

Dr. Chip Taylor

Every November, monarch butterflies arrive in Central Mexico by the hundreds of millions, clustering so thickly in fir forests they sometimes break the tree branches. Learn more about this amazing annual migration, as founder and director of Monarch Watch, Orley R. “Chip” Taylor; Professor Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, presents “Monarchs Wintering in Mexico: The Big Gamble”. In 1992, Taylor founded Monarch Watch, an outreach program focused on education, research [...]

A Stitch in Time, Saves Butterflies

Deftly maneuvering the quilt block, Quilt Guild member Ada Leiker sews around the butterfly wings, appliquéing the design to the material block. Each butterfly body was also appliquéd to the design.

They came with sewing machines, irons and scraps of brightly colored fabric, and in less than 3 hours had created 24 whimsical butterfly quilt blocks in a joint effort to raise funds for monarch butterfly habitat restoration. “We are thrilled to partner with the quilt guild to provide funds for saving the monarch migration,” said Kansas Wetlands Education Center Manager Curtis Wolf. The KWEC was the site for a quilting marathon on July 11 by [...]

Butterfly Quest

Pearl Crescent

How do you count butterflies? Very quickly!! Learn how to identify different species of butterflies then participate in the North American Butterfly Association Count. There is a $3 fee to participate in the NABA butterfly count. Last year, participants identified and counted over 30 different species. We will stop for lunch, then those who want to continue, will head back out to continue the count. Maps and data sheets will be provided. Preregistration is required, [...]