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Ducks nesting in your backyard?

From Ducks Unlimited

 

After the courtship flights and mating rituals are complete, the end result of course is nesting hens. Every apartment complex pond, golf course, park and even some swimming pools can become targeted nesting areas for hens looking to raise ducklings. Ducks and geese have been known to think outside the box when it comes to finding a safe place for a nest, while others seem to not be thinking at all.

 

Soon, people all over the country will begin finding nesting birds. Knowing what to do, and most importantly what not to do, with and around the nest is very important.

 

There are many laws and treaties that protect migratory birds. It is ILLEGAL to take or possess eggs of nesting migratory birds without the proper permits!

Things to know about a mallard nest

The nest bowl is 7-8 inches in diameter and 1-2 inches deep.

Once the nest is built, egg laying will begin from 1-3 days.

Nest cover can be any form of vegetation available within the area. Preferably dense vegetation 24 inches high, such as native grasslands and CRP fields.

The hen will lay an average of 9 eggs which will hatch within 28 days once incubation begins.

What to do when you’ve found a nest on your property

DU conservation biologists highly recommend that you leave the nest undisturbed and try to avoid walking in its area.

Too many ducks and geese on your property? Contact the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism at 620-672-5911.

Problems with nesting Canada Geese?

Stories will soon begin to spread about the goose that chased the jogger through the local park, or tried to attack someone who was trying to hit a golf shot. A Canada goose can be very hostile toward anything that approaches its nest. Learning how to recognize nests, how long they will be on the nest, and how to avoid provoking nesting geese will help you steer clear of goose/human conflicts this spring.

Identifying a nest

Canada geese have a diverse approach toward nesting. They will nest almost anywhere; bushes, fairways, cliffs, muskrat houses and small islands.

Canada geese exhibit very strong family and pair bonds, and tend to return to their natal homes to nest.

Artificial structures such as tires, washtubs, and boat docks will attract a goose searching for a nest.

Generally, the goose will sit on the nest and the gander will stand guard nearby.

They will lay a range of 4-8 eggs per clutch and the eggs will hatch within 25-30 days.

Canada geese will renest if a nest is destroyed.

What to do if you find a nest on your property?

Again, it is highly recommended that you leave the nest undisturbed and try to avoid walking in its area.

Having problems with resident Canada geese on your property?

Most state agencies provide information on controlling nuisance Canada geese.

Too many geese on your property? Contact the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism at 620-672-5911.

Winner, winner turkey dinner

 

When the cluck of a box call or the purr of slate inspires a gobble in the distance, a turkey hunter can’t help but smile. But when a plate of sizzling, fried turkey meat coated in a golden crust hits the dinner table, everyone has a reason to grin. Spring turkey season in Kansas is here and as the action heats up, so can your frying pan, with the help of these simple season reminders.

 

The 2016 Youth/Disabled spring turkey season is April 1-12, followed by the Archery season April 4-12, and the Regular season April 13-May 31. Youth and disabled hunters may use all legal equipment during the Youth/Disabled season: shotguns using shot size 2-9 and archery equipment, including long, recurve and compound bows and crossbows. Only archery equipment may be used during the Archery season. All legal equipment may be used during the Regular season.

 

Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. Hunters who have purchased a spring turkey permit are eligible for one second turkey game tag, valid for Units 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6. The bag limit is one turkey with a visible beard per permit or game tag.

 

Dogs may not be used during the spring season.

 

To locate turkey hunting ground near you, consult the 2016 Kansas Spring Turkey Hunting Atlas or visit www.ksoutdoors.com/Hunting/Where-to-Hunt.

Explore the world of Kansas Hummingbirds April 17

 

Hummingbirds may be the most attractive and anticipated visitors to backyards each year and anyone who has been entertained by these tiny darters knows just how mesmerizing they can be. Don Kazmaier, Larned, is a hummingbird enthusiast and has photographed and studied these birds’ habits extensively. On Sunday, April 17, Kazmaier will share his knowledge about Kansas hummingbirds in a presentation during the Friends of Cheyenne Bottoms (FOCB) annual meeting at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center (KWEC), 592 NE K-156 Highway, Great Bend.

 

Come out for a free barbeque sponsored by FOCB from 5-6 p.m. and stay for the annual meeting and hummingbird presentation. Attendees are encouraged to sign up for or renew their annual FOCB membership, which is $25 for individuals or families; however anyone may attend the programs free of charge.

 

For more information, call KWEC at (877) 243-9268.