Research also occurs in that part of the Konza along the
Part of the management research on the Konza involves the study of grazing by native ungulates. To that end, one of the research units has ~300 bison on it. They can sometimes be seen from the hiking trail.
Limestone outcrops characterize the Konza Prairie landscape. The shrub community is an important habitat for Bell's vireos, collared lizards, and eastern wood rats. The wood rat's huge stick nest is often found at the base of large rocks. The dominant plants of the tallgrass prairie are grasses. Big bluestem, Indiangrass, little bluestem, and switchgrass are the most abundant. During spring and summer the prairie is a canvas of colorful wildflowers! Prairie birds include upland sandpipers, eastern meadowlarks, mourning doves, and grasshopper sparrows. In spring, those who hike to the far end of Research Unit K20A, about 6 miles round-trip, may find greater prairie chickens and Henslow's sparrows. Watch for the sparrows singing from the tallest plants in the upper levels of the watershed.
Don't miss the scenic overlook on K-177 highway on the eastern edge of the Konza (red dot on the map below). If has a breath-taking vista of the property along with interpretive signage.
Camping not allowed.
Nature Trail (2.5 mile loop); Kings Creek
Loop (4.4 miles - includes the first);
NOTE: Pets and bicycles are NOT allowed on the
Conservancy and Kansas State University
are the entities responsible for management of the Konza. Contact
them at (785) 587-0441 if you have specific
questions about use or management of the site. 8,616 acres.
Visit their web site.
Questions or comments about Natural Kansas may be directed to
Questions or comments about Natural Kansas may be directed to Jim Mason