When I went to the Baker Wetlands last weekend, with the hope of spotting a snowy egret, I did not expect to see monarchs feasting on very unusual looking flowers.
After consulting my handy "Pocket Naturalist Guide for Kansas Wildflowers" my best guess is that they are Gumweed. If you know differently please advise.
I did spot some big white birds that I am fairly certain were snowy egrets, but they were too far away to get a decent picture of. There was also this grey heron who posed for me, but only from a distance. His mirrored reflection in the water was something to see.
The sunflowers are going to be in full bloom out here very soon. They are not the big giant sunflowers like you can see here. Just a nice field of regular sunflowers.
If you decide to visit, some bug spray might be a good idea. Wetlands (standing water) means mosquitoes. Oh and certainly don't wear your best tennis shoes, unless you want to wash them when you get home. In which case, wear them for sure.