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Karl Grover checks the soil for moisture at the huge refuge pool at the Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area. Drought has left the 20,000-plus wetland complex basically dry.
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The view, looking east from the viewing tower at Cheyenne Bottoms. It's normally water for as far as the eye can see.
Millet plants wither in the heat and sun. Planted to feed migrating waterfowl, 400 acres of millet appear to be a loss in the dry wetlands.
Young pheasant chicks at Cheyenne Bottoms. The area may not have enough water to attract ducks or duck hunters this fall.
Karl Grover, Cheyenne Bottoms manager, leaves after checking where he'd planted millet in one of the area's largest pools.
The refuge at Cheyenne Bottoms is completely dry.
Cheyenne Bottoms' staff have been able to put this new excavator to work during the drought, deepening ditches that carry water to the wetlands.
Carl Grover checks to make sure cattail roots are dead in a dry marsh. The drought has allowed Grover and his staff to battle cattails and other problems.
Dead and dying carp in one of the few ditches with water at Cheyenne Bottoms.
The Little Salt Marsh at the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge is lower than it's been in probably 20 years
Local farmers and ranchers have baled the kochia that's grown on the dry wetlands at Cheyenne Bottoms. It allows them to feed their livestock and helps get the area ready when rains come.
The view from the viewing tower at the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge.
A lone sprig of salt cedar at Quivira's Little Salt Marsh. Refuge staff are using the dry conditions to help remove the invasive species.
Roots of cattails destroyed by burning and disking at Cheyenne Bottoms. The drought has allowed the staff to destroy more than 1,200 acres of problematic cattails.
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