Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area News
KDWPT IS IMPLEMENTING AN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM BEGINNING WITH THE 2014-2015 HUNTING SEASON
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.
Spring migration continues. Duck numbers are estimated to be between 15,000 and 30,000, mostly blue-winged teal, shoveler and mallard. Species diversity remains fair as spring migration continues. We have good numbers of pelicans and coots. Yellowlegs, dowitchers and peeps are here. Bairds sandpipers are the most common peep. Total goose numbers are estimated to be less than 500 now on the Area.
If you are wanting to see a good shorebird migration, you need to head out to the Bottoms now. The shorebird migration is on the downhill side for this spring. We still have ten's of thousands of birds on the Area with excellent species diversity. It won't be too much longer and their numbers will drop as they continue their journey north. This spring has been one of the best for shorebird viewing in many years, take advantage of it before it is past.
Current water levels in the Pools are: 1A, 1B and 1C are near 9 inches, Pool 2 is about 10 inches; Pool 3A is estimated at 4 inches, 3B is dry except for trapped water, 4A is about 7 inches, 4B is near 7 inches, and Pool 5 has only trapped water. Pool 3B will remain dry so we can work on the cattail in that pool.
We received about 2 inches of rain over the weekend (April 16 and 17). Further west, rain amounts came close to 5 inches in a few spots. There is some runoff showing up in the Wet Walnut Creek, but none has made it to Albert, much less our diversion dam. The Pawnee has some water in it as well, but has yet to make it to Larned as of Monday (Apr 18) afternoon. Flows from those rain events have diminished, but we are still bringing in some water through the inlet system.
Pool 3A will be managed as a primitive pool for the upcoming waterfowl seasons. This will mean no motorized watercraft are permitted.
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. They are closed Mondays from November 1 through March 31. The phone number is 620-566-1456.