Nature Notes

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

Recent Bird Sightings-June 21

We are into Summer Birding at Cheyenne Bottoms.  At this point of the year, basically all the migrant birds are already through the area.  We are left with summer resident birds.  However, with all the rain this spring and early summer, birding is a little atypical at this point.  Cheyenne Bottoms pools are all very full, and several roads have been closed down occasionally over the last few weeks due to high water.  At this […]

Recent Bird Sightings-May 25

Spring Migration is on the downswing.  However, a bigger factor in birdwatching at Cheyenne Bottoms right now is all the water.  Heavy rains over the last few weeks have created high water throughout the region.  Cheyenne Bottoms pools are all very full, and several roads have been closed down occasionally over the last few weeks due to high water. Due to the high water, conditions are not favorable for shorebirds.  However, we are seeing many […]

Recent Bird Sightings-April 18

Spring Migration is fully here. It is worth a trip through the wetlands right now.  And, repeat trips over the next couple weeks are encouraged, as new birds are showing up frequently.  We see our highest abundances and diversity of birds at Cheyenne Bottoms from the last 2 weeks of April through the first 2 weeks of May. All pools are quite full at Cheyenne Bottoms from rains last Fall and through the winter.  KDWPT […]

Recent Bird Sightings-March 17

Spring Migration is here.  After several weeks of cold, winter weather, we’ve seen some great movement of birds over the last week of milder weather.  That activity will only increase over the next few weeks. Most know that our peak Spring migration occurs from the last 2 weeks of April through the first 2 weeks of May. We received some more rain this past week.  This rain only adds to the already high water levels […]

Recent Bird Sightings-Feb 18

We are still in Winter birding mode; however, it seems as though we may be seeing some signs of Spring and bird movements. Much of the bird activity this time of year is dependent on the availability of open water, which can change from day to day. Rains this past Fall and Winter have filled all the pools at Cheyenne Bottoms, and water levels are considered high for the entire area.  KDWPT staff have been […]

KWEC in GB Chamber Newsletter

The Kansas Wetlands Education Center was proud to be the featured business in the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce’s January Outlook Business Journal.  Check out the feature article here: Great Bend Chamber OBJ January 2019 .

2018 Cheyenne Bottoms Christmas Bird Count Results

Kansas Winter Bird Count Count name: Cheyenne Bottoms Date of count: Dec 17, 2018 Time (duration of count excluding owling): 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Temperature: 30F to 56F. Wind Direction: S Wind Speed: 5 to 14 mph Place an X in the appropriate blanks. Still water: open ______ completely frozen ______ partly open  X Moving water: open ___X___ completely frozen ______ partly open ______ none ______ Snow: ____ inches Sky conditions AM: Foggy ______ […]

Recent Bird Sightings-Oct 5

Fall birding is in full swing, and new migrants are showing up regularly with each new weather front. As with most Fall migrations, because it is extended out over several months, birding can be hit and miss, depending on what the weather has pushed out or brought in. Rains in early September and good moist soil plant production have created some excellent marsh conditions.  Vegetation is relatively high in some areas, so one problem is […]