Slate Creek Wetlands
Slate Creek Wetlands is located south of Oxford, Kansas, and consists of 947 acres, of which 50 acres are salt water and fresh water marshes, and the remainder is grassland and creek drainage. The entire area lies within the flood plain of Slate Creek. Although the area was purchased for waterfowl use and management, there are excellent populations of pheasants, quail and deer. Doves, rabbits, squirrels and many furbearers are also present. In addition, the many nongame species of wildlife in the wetlands make it an excellent area for bird watching, photography, and hiking.
Slate Creek was one of twelve marsh areas that were given to the State of Kansas by the United States Congress upon statehood. These marshes were intended to start salt production in the state. However, the state soon sold these areas to private interests and used the money to fund what is now Emporia State University. The Slate Creek Wetland area was purchased in 1989 and additional tracts have been added since then. This wetland purchase was jointly funded by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and Ducks Unlimited.
KWF recently contributed to the restoration project of Slate Creek Wetlands. This project was completed in the early Summer of 2012.
Jamestown Wildlife Area: Phase II
Jamestown Wildlife Area is an array of marshes, salt flats, wetlands and riparian areas associated with Marsh Creek and Buffalo Creek, Republican River tributaries, that has been managed by the state of Kansas since 1932. Historically the area attracted Native Americans, settlers and abundant wildlife when water was available. Because the area typically experienced alternating droughts and floods, dams were constructed in the early 1900s to provide a more reliable water source for recreation.
Currently the area is an important stop for migrating waterfowl and shorebirds along the Central Flyway including northern pintail, snow geese, blue-winged teal, northern shovelers, white pelicans, cormorants, mallards, buffleheads, dowichers, gulls, American avocet, sandpipers, and ruddy turnstones. Its habitat also supports wetland dependent birds like sandhill cranes, snowy plovers and black terns. Other wildlife including upland birds, deer, turkey and small game also depend upon the area.
More recently, it was concluded that expansion of the Jamestown Wildlife Area was necessary to preserve wildlife habitat and provide recreational opportunities in the Lower Republican River Basin. Phase I of this project was partially funded by a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant. Ducks Unlimited and its partners, including the Kansas Wildlife Federation, improved several thousand acres of wetlands and grasslands designed to restore the natural hydrology of the area. Phase II of this project further enhanced these goals with the acquisition of additional acreage to improve breeding, wintering, and migratory habitat for several North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) waterfowl species, NAWCA wetland-dependent bird species and 5 federally listed Threatened and Endangered species.
Photo by Ted Beringer.
Outdoor Adventure Camp 2012
These are photos of a few items available for the auction during the 2013 annual meeting of the Kansas Wildlife Federation. The auction will begin at 5:30 pm on Saturday, February 23rd, 2013.