2017 Spring Migration Report
As of 3/8/2017, an estimated 15,000 ducks were spotted on Massie WPS, an estimated 10,000 ducks on Smith WPA, and smaller duck groups of various species on Hultine and Moger WPAs. Visit the map page for detailed WPA maps.
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
- January 27, 2017
The link below will guide you to the proposed 2017 Spring pumping schedule. Dates and WPAs subject to change because of weather, precipitation, and/or budget events.2017SpringPumpingProposal
- September 14, 2016
As hunting increases this fall, a slim few may feel tempted to conduct themselves in unsportsmanlike behavior. If you see anything that violates the law on federal lands, you may call 1-844-NWR-TIPS (697-8477) or email NWR_TIPs@fws.gov 24 hours a day. You'll be asked for the type of incident as well as the date, place (refuge name or county/state) and approximate time of the incident. You may leave your name and contact information, which will aid law enforcement in the response and investigation, or you may remain anonymous. Any contact information provided will be used for official purposes only.
Violations may also be reported to the Nebraska Game and Parks' Wildlife Crimestoppers line at 1-800-742-7627.Law Enforcement
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. Please feel free to call us with questions at 308-263-3000.
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
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., Banner Photo: Pintails-USFWS/Jill Shannon, ©James Roane-Ducks-Used with Permission
Last Updated: Mar 09, 2017