Mountain-Prairie Region Refuges
Mountain-Prairie Region
Kansas Wildlife Refuges
Map showing locations of Kansas National Wildlife Refuges Kirwin NWR Flint Hills NWR Quivira nwr Marais des Cygnes NWR

Photos of wildlife found in Kansas National Wildlife RefugesKansas has four National Wildlife Refuges totaling approximately 58,000 acres.  The Refuges provide migration and wintering habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds and valuable wildlife habitat for threatened and endangered species such as bald eagles, whooping cranes, piping plovers, and peregrine falcons.  Abundant resident wildlife populations include deer, wild turkey, quail, and other upland game species.

Named for the Flint Hills Region just to the west, Flint Hills NWR consists of 18,500 acres located on the upstream portion of John Redmond Reservoir on land owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Marais des Cygnes NWR, established in 1992 to protect bottomland hardwood habitats, is an important link in migration for approximately 300 species of birds and a significant nesting area for about 100 species of birds.

Kirwin NWR, located in the rolling hills and narrow valley of the North Fork of the Solomon River, lies in an area where the tall-grass prairies of the east meet the short-grass plains of the west. As a result of this merging of prairies and plains, grasses and wildlife common to both habitats are found on the Refuge.

At Quivira NWR, a colony of endangered interior least terns uses the salt flats on the north end of the Refuge as nesting habitat.  During fall migration, 500,000 geese, 100,000 ducks and 150,000 sandhill cranes visit the Refuge.

Last updated: December 14, 2012