Daily Archives: March 22, 2014

Friends of Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge announces Volunteer Opportunities!

Friends of Squaw Creek is seeking volunteers
for its nature shop at Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge.

You may ask, “What will I do?”
Greet our visitors and share your excitement for the refuge.
Answer questions about our refuge to those who call
Ring up sales for our nature shop.

You may ask, “How much of my time is needed?”
One Saturday or Sunday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
now through May 11, 2014 during peak migration

When Burroughs Audubon adopted Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge, it knew it was taking part in the protection of 7,350 acres of wetland, forest, and grassland for hundreds of species of migrant birds. Your volunteer hours for Friends of Squaw Creek aids in the management of this wonderful habitat that is an Important Bird Area (IBA.) We are grateful.

You may email us at:
[email protected]

KDWPT Hits Record Enrollment for Spring Turkey Hunting Access

Nearly 214,000 Walk-In Hunting Access acres are available this spring

Hunting for spring turkeys can have its own set of challenges, but this year, finding a place to hunt shouldn’t be one of them. Thanks to the Walk-In Hunting Access (WIHA) program offered through the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT), hunters in search of this hardy bird will have access to nearly 214,000 privately-owned acres, in addition to the state- and federally-owned wildlife areas. And accessing maps to these locations has never been easier before. Hunters can locate 2014 Spring WIHA lands by:
-Grabbing a printed copy of the2014 Spring Turkey Hunting Atlas available wherever licenses are sold
-Downloading an online copy of the2014 Spring Turkey Hunting Atlas from ksoutdoors.com
-Uploading the locations directly to a Garmin GPS Unit
-Uploading the locations to the Google Earth digital globe, or handheld device through Google Earth Mobile
Prior to accessing any Kansas WIHA properties, hunters are reminded to review the WIHA Area Rules & Information section of the2014 Spring Turkey Hunting Atlas.
Although there are no additional fees or sign-up required to access Kansas WIHA properties, hunters are still encouraged to be courteous if someone else is already using the property. All enrolled tracts are marked with WIHA signs to designate boundaries. If a tract shows on the map but doesn’t have signs, don’t access it. WIHA land is enrolled voluntarily by Kansas landowners, who may remove their property from the program at any time, for any reason. If a tract is removed, the signs will be taken down. It is up to hunters to be responsible, respectful, ethical, and safe to ensure the future availability of these properties.
For more information on the WIHA program, visit www.ksoutdoor.com/wiha.
The 2014 spring turkey season will begin with the archery and youth/disabled season April 1-8, followed by the regular firearm season April 9-May 31.
2014 Spring turkey permits­ for Units 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 are available online or at any license vendor through May 30.
Hunters who drew a Unit 4 (southwest Kansas) spring turkey permit earlier this year may also use their Unit 4 permit in adjacent Units 1, 2 and 5.

Celebrate National Wildlife Week! March 17-23, 2014

March 17-23, 2014

One thing that all wildlife needs, whatever they are and wherever they live, is WATER. In 2014, the theme of National Wildlife Week is: Wildlife and Water
From the mountains to the rivers to the oceans
Water is a life source for all living creatures (whether human, animal or plant) and we all depend on having clean waterways. Over the course of the week, National Wildlife Federation and its partners will highlight this connection by exploring our waterways and the wildlife that depend on them.
NWF will shed light on the connection between wildlife and water by examining over 50 different featured wildlife species across the country, from the endangered Hawaiian monk seal to swamp rabbits, whooping cranes and loons, spring peepers to hellbender salamanders, rainbow trout to walleye and blue crab to dragonflies.
There are many ways you can participate. Celebrate and experience nature with your kids,take learning outside, enjoy fun activities and games, and learn how you can take action for wildlife and water.
National Wildlife Week is National Wildlife Federation’s longest-running education program designed around teaching and connecting kids to the awesome wonders of wildlife. Each year, we pick a theme and provide fun and informative educational materials, curriculum and activities for educators and caregivers to use with kids.
For questions about National Wildlife Week, email [email protected]