Nature Notes

Learn how plants and wildlife respond to seasonal changes throughout the year

Recnet Bird Sightings–November 9

We have seen an influx in birds over the last week, so a new sightings report was warranted. Sandhill cranes are commonly flying through and some can be seen in the mornings and evenings in fields surrounding Cheyenne Bottoms.  No Whooping cranes have been observed at Cheyenne Bottoms, but several groups have been spotted at Quivira NWR.  So far, these groups have not stuck around more than one morning, so it appears that it is […]

Recent Bird Sightings–October 28

It is hard to say we are in Fall migration as temperatures continue to be ~20 degrees above normal temperatures for the end of October.  However, we are seeing more Fall migrants coming through the Cheyenne Bottoms area.  The common birds being seen at Cheyenne Bottoms include: herons, coots, gulls, ducks, geese, harriers, sandhill cranes, and grebes. We’ve finally started seeing larger groups of Sandhill cranes and White-fronted geese.  They seemed absent far too long this fall.  […]

ECTV Community Connection-KWEC

A second production by Eagle Community Television focused on the Kansas Wetlands Education Center and Cheyenne Bottoms. We appreciate ECTV with helping get the word out about the KWEC.

Recent Bird Sightings–September 29

Fall migration continues, and we wait for the next wave of migrating birds to arrive as weather fronts from the north push the birds to the wetlands.  Several species of birds have already passed through (e.g. most shorebird species) and some of the summer residents have exited the area (e.g. orioles, kingbirds, many swallows, etc.).  Other species of birds have greatly increased in the last week or so (e.g. Northern harriers, American coots, Pied-billed grebes, etc.).  Still egrets, herons, […]

Recent Bird Sightings–August 29

Fall migration is in full swing, but remember, the Fall migration is drawn out over several months, unlike in the Spring.  From now through November, we will see waves of different birds come in as weather fronts push birds from their northern breeding grounds.  So far, we have already seen a fair number of shorebirds come through the area.  We are also seeing groups of Blue-winged teal show up.  Blackbirds, dove, and swallows also seem to be grouping up.  Summer resident […]

Recent Bird Sightings–July 29

Early Fall migration has begun.  Over the last week, an influx of migrating shorebirds has come in to Cheyenne Bottoms.  Summer resident birds also remain abundant.  Bird activity on the marsh has been relatively good at about any time of day, even on hot days.   Water levels remain good area wide.  Most of the bird activity has been noticed in Pools 4a and 4b from the interior dike roads.  Other pools may have good birds, but […]

Recent Bird Sightings–June 24

Summer conditions have been prevalent at the wetlands over the last few weeks.  Temperatures have been in the upper 90’s to 100’s for over 2 weeks.  Surprisingly, even with the extreme heat, bird activity on the marsh has been relatively good.   Pools were seeing some drying until a storm on June 17 dumped approximately 1.25-2.00 inches of rain in the area.  Storage pools at Cheyenne Bottoms are full.  This stored water will be much appreciated later on in […]

Recent Bird Sightings–June 7

The Spring migration has slowed dramatically over the last 2 weeks.  While some good birds still exist, numbers and diversity have dramatically decreased.  This decrease is basically because of two main reasons.  1.  June is historically one of the slower birding months at Cheyenne Bottoms–most migrants have already passed through to their northern breeding grounds and 2.  rains have increased water levels in most pools of Cheyenne Bottoms to the point that there is not much […]