Biologist Barry Jones just posted some great news about habitat conditions at the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge.Conditions could be good when masses of geese and sandhill cranes come to Quivira in about two months. Shorebirds and teal are already migrating to the area.After some dry times mid-summer, water and land conditions are coming around on the refuge about 90 minutes northwest of Wichita.
Below is what Jones posted online a few minutes ago.
"Roads at Quivira are sloppy from more than 2 inches of rain overnight.Some areas may have standing water for awhile - others just muddy.Conditions should improve quickly, as they often do in summer.
Prescribed burning was completed around the interior of the Wildlife Driveon Monday, August 23. This area had not been burned in 3 years. Dryingconditions and other burn conditions were just right, making this a highlysuccessful burn for reducing cattail stands, turning over nutrients to thesoil, and reducing saltgrass thatch. Green-up of the burn should occurjust in time for fall migration. Viewing conditions, as well as usage bybirds, should improve greatly in these areas this fall.
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Waterfowl migration has already begun: upwards of 300 or more teal havebeen seen over the past week or two in the Big Salt Marsh area."
Barry JonesQuivira NWR