The Playa Lakes Area in western
Kansas is part of the Playa Lakes Joint Venture with
the North American Waterfowl Management Plan.
Playa lakes, as they
are called, are actually shallow depressional wetlands that are generally round and small,
averaging less than 30 acres. Precipitation is inconsistent in the playa region and
drought is a common occurrence. The resulting wet-dry cycle of playas produces a highly
diverse plant community. These plants produce large quantities of nutritious seeds,
essential for waterfowl and other birds which migrate and winter in the region. Playa
lakes may be the most important wetland habitat type for birds in the region.
Partners for Fish and Wildlife is working with other government agencies, conservation
groups, corporations, and landowners to protect, restore and enhance these playa wetlands
and other valuable habitat for wildlife.