Quivira getting set for fall

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.

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 Drive
on Monday, August 23.  This area had not been burned in 3 years.  Drying
conditions and other burn conditions were just right, making this a highly
successful burn for reducing cattail stands, turning over nutrients to the
soil, and reducing saltgrass thatch.  Green-up of the burn should occur
just in time for fall migration.  Viewing conditions, as well as usage by
birds, should improve greatly in these areas this fall.

Waterfowl migration has already begun:  upwards of 300 or more teal have
been seen over the past week or two in the Big Salt Marsh area."

Barry Jones
Quivira NWR