This week on EcoRadio KC, Richard and Elaine will discuss what’s going on at the Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area in central Kansas, where it has remained locked in drought. According to a July 6 article on KansasCity.com, “the wildlife area, known as one of the best waterfowl hunting areas in the Midwest, can attract hundreds of thousands of ducks and geese when conditions are right. And it also attracts a rich diversity of shorebirds, drawing birders from miles around. But there isn’t much to see now that conditions are so dry. The Arkansas River, which can supplement the intermittent streamflow in the creeks that feed the wildlife area, hasn’t flowed at the area’s diversion dam since 2011. And rainfall has done little to provide hope for the future. Rain gauges at Cheyenne Bottoms show that the area has received a little under 14 inches of rain so far this year. That’s just a little better than the 13 inches received all of last year.”
All this and what can be done about it will be talked about when you tune in at 6PM tonight!