|Shawnee Mission Park|
Here’s some urban wildlife you won’t want to miss! Located at 7900 Renner Road in Shawnee, Shawnee Mission Park is the largest of the Johnson County parks. This 1,250-acre urban refuge includes a 150-acre lake, ponds, marshes, thickets, and meadows. On the west boundary, experience the Mill Cre...
Wyandotte County Lake
|Description: Just northwest of Kansas City, Kansas, in a setting of hillside oak-hickory woodlands and lakeside sycamores, is Wyandotte County Lake. Stop first at the Administration Building (where you will be accosted by Canada geese seeking a handout) and pick up a map and checklist. Best viewing sites for water birds are the south side, west lookout, Boathouse Cove, and Wilson Cove. There are many pullouts for viewing woodland wildlife.|
Wildlife to Watch: During spring and fall migrations, search the lake for northern shovelers, northern pintails, green-winged teal, blue-winged teal, common goldeneyes, buffleheads, common mergansers, and hooded mergansers. On occasion, an osprey will be fishing the lake. Survey the woodlands for migrating warblers and vireos. In winter, bald eagles and rough-legged hawks may visit. On warm summer nights listen for the calls of eastern screech owls, great horned owls, and whip-poor-wills. Early daylight and dusk are the best times to watch for wading herons, wild turkeys, white-tailed deer, beaver, opossums, raccoons, and foxes.
Ownership: Wyandotte County Park
Size: 1900 acres
Closest Town: Kansas City
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