Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area News
KDWPT IMPLEMENTED 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 AREA OFFICE, HOWEVER, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO USE THE iSPORTSMAN ELECTRONIC PERMIT SYSTEM AS IT WILL BE REQUIRED IN 2015.
Spring migration has kicked off!!!! Duck numbers have held steady this past week. Total duck numbers are estimated to be 30,000 and 70,000. A really good mix of species are present. If you want to see different species in spring plumage, now is the time for a visit. Goose numbers have dropped. We estimate total goose numbers to be between 7,000 and 30,000. Most are snow geese.
Duck species are primarily puddle ducks. Gadwall is the most common. Redheads are the most common divers. We heard our first eastern phoebe of the week this week.
We completed some mowing of cattail in the northern portion of Pool 3B this fall. We were able to burn about 550 acres and are now disking the cattail in the burned areas. We have moved our mowing effort to the southern portion of Pool 3B in preparation for burning that material so we can begin disking there.
The war with Phragmites continues. We devoted a lot of time and money to fighting the relentless spread of Phragmites. We continue looking for it ahead of the advancing water as we refill the pools. Our efforts are focusing on Pool 5 now since we have been dealing with the plant in Pools 3 and 4 for most of August. We were able to enlist the help of an aerial herbicide applicator to spray the areas in Pools 2 and 3A that held water and prevented ground based equipment from getting to the Phragmites. While the clumps of the invasive plant were the main target, the plane also sprayed the cattail between the clumps of Phragmites. A total of 555 acres was sprayed. Ducks Unlimited helped pay for this effort, covering about 1/3 of the cost.
Current water levels in the Pools are: 1A is about 19", 1B and 1C are about 33 inches, Pool 2 is about 16.5 inches; Pool 3A is about 11.5 inches, 3B is dry, Pool 4A has about 11 inches, Pool 4B has about 11 inches, and Pool 5 is around 11.5".
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.