Kansas Wildlife Federation

Friday, March 31 2006

Kansas Awarded NAWCA Grant for Jamestown Wildlife Area

Filed under: — Don S @ 04:42pm

The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission recently approved a $999,345
North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant for the first stage of a
three-phase project to acquire, restore, enhance and manage 2,770 acres in
the Jamestown Wildlife Area (JWA) wetland complex in north-central Kansas.

“The Jamestown Wildlife Area represents an important cornerstone for
migrating waterfowl and other birds, connecting the breeding grounds to the
north with wintering grounds in the south. Once completed, this multi-phase
project will provide a seven mile corridor of wetland and native grassland
habitat of tremendous wildlife value and spectacular beauty,” said project
leader Scott Manley of Ducks Unlimited.

The JWA is a historic series of wetlands associated with the lower
Republican River. In the 1920s and 30s, the main watercourse that traverses
the complex, Marsh Creek, was dammed at two areas. This caused the formation
of two larger wetland areas and altered the course of the stream and
intermittent nature of the wetlands. This project will restore wetland
function and water quality, acquire and restore additional wetlands and
grasslands along Marsh Creek and its tributaries, and help restore minimum
stream flows to the lower Republican River.

The JWA is an important wetland habitat for migratory birds along the
Central Flyway, as it links the Rainwater Basins to the north and the
Cheyenne Bottoms, Quivira National Wildlife Refuge and McPherson Valley
Wetlands to the south. Restoration and protection of this area will ensure
that the wetland complex will continue to provide habitat for high priority
migratory waterfowl such as Northern Pintail and other priority
wetland-dependent migratory birds such as Sandhill Cranes, Short-eared Owls,
Snowy Plovers and Black Terns.

Partners involved in this project include: Ducks Unlimited, Kansas
Department of Wildlife and Parks, Pheasants Forever, The Nature Conservancy,
the Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams and the Kansas Wildlife
Federation, and includes new partners such as CloudCorp, Cloud, Republic and
Jewell County Boards of Commissioners, City of Jamestown, and Cloud County
Tourism. Together, partners contributed $2.2 million to the project.

For more information see:

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Friday, March 24 2006

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Filed under: — Don S @ 12:27pm

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Thursday, March 23 2006

SPECIAL TURKEY HUNTS SCHEDULED

Filed under: — Don S @ 05:53pm

Several events designed for youth, disabled, women, and novice hunters
PRATT - On the weekends of April 8-9, 15-16, and 22-23,
the Westar Energy Green Team will host first-time turkey hunters at
its Jeffrey Energy Center west of Topeka. Assisted by volunteer,
employee guides and hunting from stationary ground blinds, youngsters
and their adult mentors will hunt in prime fields closed to the
public until the youth hunters are through.
Hunts will begin in the early morning. Participants must
bring shotguns, shells, and turkey permits for Unit 2; everything
else will be provided.
While an adult mentor is required, no turkey hunting
experience is needed because this hunt is designed for those who have
minimal experience turkey hunting. Success rates in past years of the
program have been high, and with good bird numbers again this year,
young hunters should have a good chance to bag a bird.
Hunters will be selected on a first-come, first-served
basis. To apply, phone Brad Loveless at Westar Energy, 785-575-8115,
by Thursday, March 30. Successful applicants will be notified by
Monday, April 3.
Two other special spring turkey hunts will be conducted
in the scenic Flint Hills region of the state, near Council Grove.
These hunts provide opportunities for disabled and women hunters. The
event for hunters with disabilities will be held on Saturday, April
8, during the disabled and youth special season. The women?s hunt
will be held on Saturday, April 22, during the second weekend of the
regular spring turkey season. All hunters will be provided with guides.
These two special hunts - coordinated by the Kansas
Department of Wildlife and Parks in cooperation with area chapters of
the National Wild Turkey Federation, Quail Unlimited, Ducks
Unlimited, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - provide
opportunities for novice and experienced hunters to learn about
turkey hunting. The groups sponsoring these events have recognized
that without assistance from mentors, disabled and women outdoor
enthusiasts may never participate in hunting or may discontinue hunting.
Although aimed at beginning turkey hunters, more
experienced hunters may participate as enrollment allows.
Participating hunters will be guided to locations on public and
private land. Volunteers will arrange transportation to hunting
sites. Each event will also include door prizes, a turkey hunting
presentation, and a hunter?s breakfast and lunch.
Registration is required before April 1. For more
information, phone Brent Konen, Council Grove Wildlife Area manager,
at 620-767-5900.

WOMEN’S RECREATIONAL SHOOTING DAY APRIL 8

Filed under: — Don S @ 05:51pm

A day of safe, fun shooting sports just for women
MANHATTAN - On Saturday, April 8, the National Rifle
Association’s Women On Target program from Women of the NRA will
conduct a shooting event for women ages 16 and older. The event will
be held from 8 a.m. through 3 p.m. at the Fancy Creek Range in the
Tuttle Creek State Park, near Randolph.
This is not a competitive event, but participants will
be given instruction in rifle, handgun, and shotgun shooting. No
experience is necessary, but shooters of all levels are welcome.
Firearms and ammunition will be provided, but participants may bring
their own firearms. Certified instructors and range safety officers
will be on duty.
Although the event is for women 16 and older, moms with
school-age children need not worry; AMERICORPS volunteers will
supervise a program for the youngsters in the park adjoining the range.
The fee is $15, but two friends may register together
for $20 total. To register or for more information, phone
785-532-7409 or email frodo@kansas.net. The registration fee covers
instruction, range fees, firearms, ammunition, targets, eye and ear
protection, snacks and lunch. Attendance is limited, so advance
registration is required.

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