Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Area News
Wetland habitat for fall 2016 is rated good to excellent.
Unit A-East: Very good habitat dominated by wild millet and moist-soil plants.
Unit A-North: Very good habitat dominated by wild millet and moist-soil plants. Plant structure is relatively short so concealment may be an issue.
Unit C-South: 135 ac of corn has been planted with excellent yields. About 1/3 of the corn will be left standing. Flooding of this unit will likely be late because of corn harvest and the challenges of moving water into the unit through F-East.
Unit E: This unit cannot be supplied with pumped water, but has considerable water due to runoff. Habitat is fair to good.
Unit F-East: Diverse moist-soil production.
Unit F-South: This unit was scheduled for "renovation" (rehab of wetland vegetation) this summer. Lower elevations have been planted to Japanese millet with good production. A little buckwheat has been planted, but it is too soon to tell if it will produce. Higher elevations will have little vegetation.
Unit F-West: This unit was also scheduled for renovation. Buckwheat planted but some has been lost due to wet conditions. Some good moist-soil production.
Unit G: Dense, rank millet dominates this unit. Excellent food production.
Refuge Units: Unit B-North has good waterfowl food. Unit B-South and Unit C-North are being renovated and will have little to no waterfowl food.
Cocklebur: Hot, dry June set the stage for cocklebur dominance in many units on the wildlife area. Aggressive management has dramatically reduced the amount of cocklebur, but some remains.
Corn: corn has been planted in some small wetland units, but it is too soon to determine production.
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River boat ramp: The Marais des Cygnes River boat ramp located just north of E 1700 Rd is closed due to excessive silt accumulation.