Refuge-wide estimates of
waterfowl (geese, ducks, etc.) are conducted from September through March.
These surveys are conducted bi-weekly in coordination with the Kansas
Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism. Counts of white pelicans and
bald eagles are usually included on these surveys. Refuge staff also
documents wildlife use during the Midwinter Goose Survey and the Wintering Bald
Eagle Survey. Refuge staff uses
waterfowl surveys to gauge the effectiveness of restoration efforts and
surveys of shorebirds are conducted from March through mid May, and again from
late July through October. During spring migration, shorebirds use moist
soil units that are slowly being dewatered.
In summer/fall migration, shorebirds most commonly use the shallow
mudflats of the John Redmond Reservoir. Depending
on water conditions, shorebirds can occur throughout the Refuge.
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We are currently looking for landowners interested in participating or learning more about the Legacy Conservation Easement Program, contact Refuge Manager Jack Bohannan at 620-392-5553 x103.