Birds of the Rainwater Basin
Pintail ducks are just one of the bird species you can see at Rainwater Basin. Click on the link for full list.
RWB Bird list 2011
Burrowing Owls Videos
Have you seen the Burrowing Owl videos lately? Check out our video page for more clips.
Current Restoration Work Update
In order to provide suitable habitat for waterfowl in the Rainwater Basin, occasional heavy restoration work must be completed.
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The Rainwater Basin provides critical habitat for millions of migratory birds. The basin’s name reflects both the basis of its wetland hydrology and natural precipitation cycles. A network of functioning wetland and prairie plant ecosystems provides a native grassland mosaic that gives the local community a sense of pride and connection to the Great Plains flora and fauna. The lands managed by the wetland management district serve as an example of land stewardship mimicking natural processes, and they provide an array of wildlife-dependent educational and recreational opportunities. It is only through partnerships with individuals, agencies, and organizations that this vision can be achieved and maintained.
The Rainwater Basin Wetland Management District plays a vital role in the restoration and preservation of essential migration habitat that supports approximately 300 remaining wild Whooping Cranes during their spring and fall migrations.Whooping Crane Profile
About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
Learn more about the NWRS
Items of Interest
Rainwater Basin Wetland Management District Office is open Monday - Friday from 8AM to 4:30PM except for Federal Holidays.
Waterfowl Production Areas are open sunrise to sunset.
US Fish and Wildlife Service's Private Lands Program can provide a common sense approach to habitat management, provide support for wildlife, agriculture and rural lifestyles through financial and technical assistance.Partners for Fish and Wildlife
See an interesting bird on one of the Waterfowl Production Area. Record your sighting on eBird. "eBird’s goal is to maximize the utility and accessibility of the vast numbers of bird observations made each year by recreational and professional bird watchers. It is amassing one of the largest and fastest growing biodiversity data resources in existence."eBird
- April 11, 2014
There are currently no WPAs being supplemented with ground water as spring migration is nearly complete.Pumping the wetlands
Prescribed burning is used to remove old vegetative growth, release nutrients back to the soil, decrease woody and other invasive and undesirable plant species, increase warm season grasses and forbs, and reduce the amount of organic matter (litter) on the soil surface.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Doug Steinke - Banner Photo - Redhead (Used with Permission)
Last Updated: Jul 22, 2014