The year-round residents are getting into their winter groups and the winter residents like the juncos are here in abundance. Generally, at this time of year, I would be at the Wakarusa Wetlands four or more mornings a week. I know I am one of many deeply grieving this loss. I hope that those of us who are doing more feeding, putting up more cover, winter roosting boxes, and brush piles, can offset some of the habitat loss these birds are experiencing. Support the work the Haskell Students are doing here: https://www.facebook.com/wetlandspreservationorganization Click on pictures to enlarge.
I wrote to the city commission candidates with the following:
“Please advise your position regarding the destruction of the Wakarusa Wetlands to build the SLT and whether or not you support the return of land from KU to Haskell that could potentially save the wetlands.”
While I do not know how much power the commission has to do anything to pressure KU, I do know that where candidates stand on this issue informs where they will stand on a diversity of issues. I will post responses as I receive them.
Please support the Wetlands Preservation Organization.
The following pictures are all homes that will be destroyed by the construction of the SLT through the Wakarusa Wetlands in Lawrence, Kansas. Click on pictures to enlarge.
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When I visited last week, there was not a lot of water. I so hope that has changed a bit by now. I have my suspicions that water is being diverted from portions of the Wetlands targeted for destruction to build the SLT. I know it has been a dry, hot summer, but it has never looked like this. Click on pictures to enlarge.
This area is usually completely covered by water.
Last week, I spent an amazing morning at the Wakarusa Wetlands. The heat had broken and it was almost chilly out there. The moon and the sunrise were amazing. Click on pictures to enlarge.
Look at how white their bellies are! They look so cuddly. Click on pictures to enlarge.
The Wakarusa Wetlands were rowdy with robins a few weeks ago. I meant to upload these pics earlier. I am a bit behind in the updates again. Click on pictures to enlarge.
Little specks of yellow dot the fields and the green is lush and fragrant. Dragonflies are everywhere. Thousands of voices sing. On this morning, I spotted deer, a host of blackbirds, grackles, robins, sparrows, catbirds, indigo buntings, painted buntings, northern cardinals, goldfinches, a huge diversity of frogs, a dickcissel singing loudly, wood ducks, turtles (snappers and painted), geese, great egrets, great blue herons, cattle egrets, little blue herons, mink, muskrats, and the hundreds more. Please help save the Wetlands. Click on pictures to enlarge.