Whooping cranes at Talmo

Wildlife and Parks closes hunting area until whoopers leave
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Female whooping crane named Oobleck hunting in a pond at the International Crane Foundation, Grus americana, International Crane Foundation, Baraboo, Wisconsin, USA, (Photo by Wild Horizons/UIG via Getty Images)

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks has announced that the Talmo Marsh located in southern Republic County is closed to all activity because of the presence of whooping cranes.

“The area will reopen when the whooping cranes leave,” says a notice on the KWP website.

Never an abundant species, the total population had dwindled, due to hunting pressures and habitat loss, to a low of 16 birds in 1941, says the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

In 2015, the number of whooping cranes nationwide had increased to 603. That includes 161 birds in captivity.

Ducks Unlimited, KDWPT, The Nature Conservancy and other partners have helped restore the Talmo Marsh Wildlife Area, which is owned by the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism (KDWPT).

DU says Talmo Marsh is “an incredibly diverse wetland ecosystem” where saltwater habitats and freshwater marshes lay side-by-side, supporting an abundance of plant and animal life, including thousands of waterfowl, shorebirds and other wildlife species.

The historic 1,000-acre marsh near Talmo is one of the original salt marshes given to the state of Kansas by the federal government when Kansas joined the Union. The state later sold these large marshes to raise money to build the Emporia Teachers’ College.

The Talmo Marsh is part of the Jamestown Wildlife Area, which provides migration habitat for a variety of waterfowl. Now encompassing over 5,000 acres, DU says it expects the Jamestown region to expand to nearly 10,000 acres, which will serve as a major staging area for waterfowl and other migratory birds in the heart of the Central Flyway.

Talmo KDWPT information – http://ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/Locations/Wildlife-Areas/Northwest/Jamestown

*UPDATE*

Talmo Wildlife Area Reopened To Hunting, All Activities

By Toby Nosker
KNCK News Director
www.ncktoday.com/articles/local/2017-11-30-talmo-wildlife-area-reopened-to-hunting-all-activities

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism has reopened the Talmo Wildlife Area to hunting after temporarily closing the area to all activities earlier this week due to the presence of whooping cranes.

Game wardens with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism said the whooping cranes showed up at the Talmo Wildlife Area, located northeast of Concordia, in early-November. Game wardens now say the birds, one of the first species to gain federal protection in 1967 under the Endangered Species Preservation Act, have left the area.