Hayes Center Wildlife Management Area

It consists of native high plains grasslands, scattered wooded habitats, and a 40-acre reservoir. There is a campground, well and toilets. This area is a migration trap for waterfowl, and wood ducks are notably common in spite of its western location. The shrubby riparian vegetation attracts many passerines, and some eastern species such as eastern phoebes, red-bellied woodpeckers and northern bobwhites breed here. Blue grosbeaks are common, as are black-headed grosbeaks and yellow-breasted chats. To the north, along State Highway 25, western birds such as Say’s phoebe, rock wren and ferruginous hawk may at times be seen.