Wetland Explorer: Marsh teems with “small” life

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Published in The Great Bend Tribune July 20 issue By Pam Martin Kansas Department Wildlife, Parks and Tourism educator The water of Cheyenne Bottoms is teeming with life, both above and below the water’s surface. Recent rains and average temperatures have provided perfect conditions for a population explosion of an amazing variety of macroinvertebrates – animals without backbones you can see with your eyes. From water striders skating across the water’s surface to midge bloodworms [...]

Recent Bird Sightings-June 7-13

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Some would say that we are hitting the lull time of year for birds at Cheyenne Bottoms.  Typically, the months of June and part of July are not the best for bird watching, as most of the migrants are already through and we are left with resident birds and nesting birds.  However, there is still plenty of birds to spot while driving through Cheyenne Bottoms, especially herons, egrets, avocets, ibis, pelicans, killdeer, yellow-headed blackbirds, etc.  [...]

Recent Bird Sightings-May 23-24

Spring migration may be winding down; however there are still some great birds to be seen at Cheyenne Bottoms.  Some rains this weekend have been welcomed.  Wading birds (herons, egrets, avocets, and stilts) are the dominant birds with shorebirds and waterfowl numbers still good but decreasing and less diversity than a few weeks ago.  Water levels are still optimal for most wading and shorebirds.  Here is a list of bird species that have been reported this weekend: Canada Goose–quite a few [...]

Recent Bird Sightings–May 5-13

Spring migration is ongoing.  Shorebirds and wading birds are the dominant birds with waterfowl numbers still good but decreasing and less diversity than a few weeks ago.  Water levels are still optimal for most wading and shorebirds.  The best habitat for shorebirds at Cheyenne Bottoms is in Pools 3b, 2, and 5, where water levels have been drawn down and mudflats are prevalent.    Depending on wind, the inlet canal has been holding a lot of birds on some days [...]

Recent Bird Sightings–April 11-13

Spring migration seems to be in full swing.  Shorebirds and wading birds are finally starting to show up in more numbers.  Thursday, April 10-Friday, April 11 seemed to produce some impressive new arrivals, especially shorebirds.  The best habitat for shorebirds at Cheyenne Bottoms is in Pools 3b, 2, and 5, where water levels have been drawn down and mudflats are prevalent.  There are still many ducks with excellent diversity to be seen as well.  And the ducks [...]

Whooping cranes–April 2, 2014

Two adult whooping cranes were observed this morning at about 10:30 a.m. northwest of Cheyenne Bottoms.  The pair of cranes were spotted among a large group of sandhill cranes about 2 miles East of Hoisington.  They were North of Highway 4 and visible from NE 20 Ave.  The birds were observed in this same location at 3:00 p.m.

Hatteberg’s People–March 30

We had the fortune of hosting Larry Hatteberg, news anchor for KAKE News (Wichita), last week.  Larry hosts a segment every Sunday on the 10pm news called Hatteberg’s People.  Last week’s segment was focused on the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, Cheyenne Bottoms, and the FHSU graduate students that work at the KWEC.  Please check it out by clicking here:  Hatteberg’s People – Cheyenne Bottoms: A 41,000 acre Classroom.

Recent Bird Sightings–March 25-28

The number and diversity of duck species at Cheyenne Bottoms is pretty impressive right now.  It seems like about all the types of ducks that could be at Cheyenne Bottoms are.  Just a handful of shorebirds have come through, but it is still early for them.  The conditions of the wetlands are excellent, and we are looking forward to a great Spring migration season.  Here is a list of bird species that have been reported in the [...]