Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife 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.
With the wet weather of the past several weeks, and the forecast calling for continued wet conditions, the roads are becoming increasingly muddy and soft, especially the shoulders.
Wet spring weather continues. Stormy weather has been the rule the couple of weeks and will continue through the weekend and into next week as well. 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.
Shorebirds are still arriving a bit slowly, but are coming in none the less. White-rumped and stilt are the most common sandpipers now. This past week marbled, Hudsonian godwits, willets, dunlins and whimbrels have been seen. Avocets, yellowlegs, dowitchers, phalropes and black necked stilts are in. Cattle, snowy and great egrets are present. American bittern, black-crowned night heron and a a bunch of black terns are all available for viewing.
We have received a lot of runoff due to recent rains. The Ark River, Dry and Wet Walnuts have all provided some supplemental water. Local runoff has contributed to Pools 2 and 5 as well. With more rains forecast for the next several days, these streams will likely flow for some time.
Goose numbers are estimated to be less than 50. The majority are Canada geese.
Current water levels in the Pools are: 1A near 19 inches, 1B and 1C each have about 35 inches; Pool 2 is about 18 inches; Pools 3A is about 9.5 inches, 3B is about 6 inches, 4A about 8.5, and Pools 4B is about 15 inches and Pool 5 is near 18 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.
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.