Mourning the Wakarusa Wetlands

I have not been to the Wakarusa Wetlands as much as I would like over the last few weeks, but I am not sure that is a bad thing. My walk there on Monday was on one of those five degree mornings. The sparrows were moving about in the long grass, but not coming out in the open much. I saw a few hawks and a bald eagle made a quick pass high overhead, but I did not see any mammals. No beavers. No deer. No coyotes. I have not seen a mink in months. The noise and the ever-growing gash made by this equipment are changing the land in ways we will never fully understand.

Construction closures: http://www.ksdot.org/topekametro/laneclose.asp

Wetlands Preservation Organization: https://www.facebook.com/wetlandspreservationorganization

Voices of the Wakarusa Wetlands: https://www.facebook.com/voicesofthewakarusawetlands

Occupy the Wakarusa Wetlands: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Occupy-the-Wakarusa-Wetlands/1380914642133457

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Morning hawk

One of the many beautiful hawks wintering at the Wakarusa Wetlands. I think this is a Cooper’s, but might be a Sharp-shinned; I get these guys confused sometimes. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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Excellent article in the Huffington Post

“Kansas Highway Construction May Unearth Human Remains”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sarah-smarsh/kansas-highway-construction_b_4164775.html

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Cloudy, cold, and cathartic

I spent several hours at the Wakarusa Wetlands this morning. It was cloudy and cold, so I pretty much had it to myself. I stayed on the south side, as far away as I could from any impending construction. Many species of sparrows have arrived and seeing huge flocks of goldfinches and Eastern bluebirds was magical. While these cold, windy fall days are a favorite, they are not the best for taking pictures. I was able to get a few sparrow shots and a charming beaver who I only saw because I heard his chewing. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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Occupy the Wakarusa Wetlands

Every picture I post this week will be from the area of the Wakarusa Wetlands that will be obliterated by the SLT. I have hundreds of pictures of hundreds of species who will be displaced and/or killed by greed and indifference.

This will be gone. Click on pictures to enlarge.

 

© Chris Taylor American mink scurries across the ice.

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American mink scurries across the ice.

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Great blue heron

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Occupy the Wakarusa Wetlands

Every picture I post this week will be from the area of the Wakarusa Wetlands that will be obliterated by the SLT. I have hundreds of pictures of hundreds of species who will be displaced and/or killed by greed and indifference.

 This will be gone. Click on picture to enlarge.

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Occupy the Wakarusa Wetlands

Every picture I post this week will be from the area of the Wakarusa Wetlands that will be obliterated by the SLT. I have hundreds of pictures of hundreds of species who will be displaced and/or killed by greed and indifference.

This will be gone. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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Occupy the Wakarusa Wetlands

Every picture I post this week will be from the area of the Wakarusa Wetlands that will be obliterated by the SLT. I have hundreds of pictures of hundreds of species who will be displaced and/or killed by greed and indifference.

This will be gone. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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Occupy the Wakarusa Wetlands

Every picture I post this week will be from the area of the Wakarusa Wetlands that will be obliterated by the SLT. I have hundreds of pictures of hundreds of species who will be displaced and/or killed by greed and indifference.

This will be gone. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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Occupy the Wakarusa Wetlands

Every picture I post this week will be from the area of the Wakarusa Wetlands that will be obliterated by the SLT. I have hundreds of pictures of hundreds of species who will be displaced and/or killed by greed and indifference.

This will be gone.

Click on pictures to enlarge.

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Occupy the Wakarusa Wetlands

Every picture I post this week and next will be from the area of the Wakarusa Wetlands that will be obliterated by the SLT. I have hundreds of pictures of hundreds of species who will be displaced and/or killed by greed and indifference.

This will be gone.

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