Baker Wetlands and Kansas Museum of Natural History
|Description: Baker Wetlands, which has been designated by the National Park Service as a National Natural Landmark, is important habitat for the sensitive northern crawfish frog. Located just south of Lawrence, Baker Wetlands is part of the Wakarusa River bottomlands. The north half of the site is wetland. The south part consists of riparian woodland, old cropland, and two plots of native prairie totaling 45 acres. The prairie areas contain prairie cordgrass, eastern gamagrass, switchgrass, Indiangrass, gig bluestem, swamp milkweed, compass plant, Jerusalem artichoke, and Maximilian sunflower.|
When you are in Lawrence, you should visit the Kansas Museum of Natural History located in Dyche Hall on the campus of the University of Kansas. The museum offers a number of interesting educational displays about natural sites in Kansas, as well as a gift shop.
Wildlife to Watch: Smallmouth salamanders breed here in March. Other amphibians include western chorus frogs and leopard frogs. Many times the area is dry, but when water is plentiful, so are the rails, ducks, shorebirds, and herons. Songbirds include marsh wrens, sedge wrens, swamp sparrows, LeConte’s sparrows, and common yellowthroats.
Ownership: Baker University and University of Kansas
Size: 573 acres
Closest Town: Lawrence
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