December 2007

Scott State Park, Cheyenne Bottoms among 24 finalists

Voters have until Dec. 31 to decide on the top eight attractions in Kansas. The
Kansas Sampler Foundation
announced 24 finalists in June. More than 16,000 votes have been cast.

Two Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks recreation areas are among the 24 nominees –
S ... Read More

Events held across Kansas; open to all bird enthusiasts

Snow and ice storms have resulted in postponement of several Kansas Christmas Bird Counts. Organizers will try to reschedule when possible, depending on personal schedules and travel conditions. To keep track of the revised bird count scheduling, visit the
Kansas Ornithologi ... Read More

Currently illegal in Kansas, fishing technique allowed in three of four neighboring states

Should jug fishing be allowed in Kansas? That’s the latest question posted on the KDWP blog. Interested persons are invited to comment.

Kansas offers a variety of fishing techniques and opportunities, but some anglers have expressed inter ... Read More

Funding cuts for agency to limit testing sites; hunters encouraged to report sick deer

Due to a funding cut to the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks' (KDWP) chronic wasting disease (CWD) budget, the agency is scaling back CWD testing in eastern Kansas. Testing will continue as usual in western Kansas, where the risk of CWD is ... Read More


The KDWP news package dated 12/6/07 contains three errors in the article
. The second group of bird count sites -- that begins with "Halstead/Newton" -- should be dated December 15, not 16. The December 17 site listing should be "Olsburg." not "Jeffrey Energy Cen. ... Read More

Project aimed at restoring Arkansas River in western Kansas

Acting U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Chuck Conner has announced a new $22.7 million conservation project with the state of Kansas that will enroll approximately 20,000 acres of cropland in the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) to help improv ... Read More

Christmas light display expected to draw large crowd
Cedar Bluff State Park is drawing attention and getting folks in the Christmas spirit with its second annual Holiday In Lights event. On the nights of Wednesday Dec. 10, and Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Dec. 12-14, viewers can drive through the park’s Bluffton Area, on the north sho ... Read More

Changes include reduced fees, changes to methods of take, much more

Printed copies of the
2008 Kansas Fishing Regulations Summary
won't be available until early January, but anglers should be aware of several new regulations that take effect Jan. 1, 2008. The most welcome changes should be reduction of youth trout and paddlefis ... Read More

Songbirds most vulnerable to ice-coated landscapes

As icy landscapes begin to thaw, songbirds celebrate with a meal. The recent storms that encased much of Kansas in ice illustrate the challenges wildlife face each winter. Songbirds are especially vulnerable to ice storms since the seeds and buds they rely on for food are ice-encru ... Read More

Magazine, early license sales, free video feed among many offerings

This Christmas, start the season off right by taking advantage of Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) services, including many bargains.

A perennial favorite of outdoor enthusiasts is
Kansas Wildlife & Parks

magazine. Each issue is packed ... Read More

State parks open for use but some park offices closed during holiday period

All Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks offices will be closed Dec. 24 -25 for the Christmas holiday, as well as Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day.

While all state parks will be open for visitation and use, some state park offices will also be closed Dec. 2 ... Read More

1-877-426-3843 makes reporting wildlife crime easy
Each year, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) natural resource officers (NROs) check approximately 60,000 hunters in the field, and about 96 percent of these are found to be law-abiding sportsmen and women. Although the vast majority of hunters are ethical, they have to dea ... Read More

Once endangered, magnificent national symbol thriving

Soaring bald eagles were once a rare sight in Kansas, but not anymore. Today, it’s common to see these majestic birds around large reservoirs and even open waterways in large cities, especially in winter. Aggressive protection from habitat destruction, pesticides, and poaching h ... Read More

Easement conserves land in Chase County

Ranchers Bill and Maggie Haw, Shawnee Mission, recently donated a conservation easement on 3,120 acres of native rangeland to
The Nature Conservancy
(TNC). The conservation easement protects land located south of Cottonwood Falls in Chase County, in the heart of the Flint Hills. Last year ... Read More