Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area News

Area News

KDWPT IS IMPLEMENTING AN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM FOR THE 2014-2015 HUNTING SEASONS

HUNTERS NEED TO CREATE AN ACCOUNT IN iSportsman BY GOING TO https://kdwpt.isportsman.net AND FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE DIRECTIONS:

1. Scroll down the left side of the page to the blue "register" button.

2. Provide hunter information.

ONCE REGISTERED, HUNTERS WILL BE ABLE TO CALL OR LOG ONTO THE SYSTEM SEPTEMBER 1 AND GET THEIR PERMIT FOR THE DOVE OPENER. THEY CAN ALSO VISIT THE CHEYENNE BOTTOMS WILDLIFE AREA PAGE ON iSPORTSMAN AT https://kdwpt.isportsman.net/Locations/Cheyenne_Bottoms.aspx

PAPER PERMITS WILL STILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE INFORMATION CENTERS, HOWEVER, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO USE THE iSPORTSMAN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM AS IT WILL BE REQUIRED IN 2015.

 

Summer heat is in the forecast.  We have dried out a bit this past week.  The forecast for the next week is for a wetter period..   We currently estimate between 10,000 and 30,000 total ducks on the Area, mostly mallard, blue-winged teal and shoveler, but a good variety of species is present.

 Avocets, yellowlegs, and black necked stilts are in. Cattle, snowy and great egrets are present.  American bittern, black-crowned night heron and a bunch of black terns are all available for viewing.

The Ark River, Dry and Wet Walnuts are still providing us some supplemental water.  Local runoff has contributed to Pools 2 and 5 as well. Last night (Jun 25) about 5 to 6 inches of rain fell in the Dry Creek drainage.  That runoff should be making its way to our inlet system today.

Goose numbers are estimated to be less than 50. The majority are Canada geese. 

Current water levels in the Pools are: 1A near 51 inches, 1B and 1C each have about 32 inches; Pool 2 is about 20 inches; Pools 3A is about 5 inches, 3B is about 2 inches, 4A about 5, and Pools 4B is about 10 inches and Pool 5 is near 21 inches.

A viewing trailer has been placed on the Wildlife Area and is available for use.  It is currently placed in the southeast portion of the wildlife area overlooking the east end of Pool 5 near the observation tower.  Opportunity for viewing waterfowl as well as some wading birds and a few peeps is there.  To  sign in to use the trailer and obtain keys stop by the Kansas Wetland Education Center at Cheyenne Bottoms.  Chairs, basic bird ID guides and binoculars are available.  All is free of charge.
 

Viewing Trailer

Visit the Kansas Wetlands Education Center at Cheyenne Bottoms. They have educational exhibits directed at describing the role wetlands play in the natural world with a focus on Cheyenne Bottoms. Find out the wide variety of wetlands found in Kansas, you may be surprised at the diversity in this grassland state. Their location is in the southeast portion of Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area along Kansas Highway 156. Their hours are Monday through Saturday 9 to 5, Sunday 1 to 5. The phone number is 620-566-1456.