Many of the public roadways at Quivira will undergo improvements during 2014. At the south end of the Refuge, these include the Little Salt Marsh, Observation Tower, Kids' Fishing Pond, and the Reno County portion. Main areas affected on the north end include the Wildlife Drive and Hunter Access Road. For a map of all road-work areas, click here:
Observation Tower entrance road, one of several roads to be improved during summer 2014
Initial work began during the first week of June, and will continue through September. The table below will be updated as often as necessary to show closings and anticipated closings. During these times, the roads or sections listed will be blocked to traffic. The Visitor Center will be closed during portions of road work in the area. For additional information about closings or about this project, please call the Refuge at 620-486-2393. Road work schedules are subject to change on a regular basis.
Note: Closure to the Visitor Center may occur during some period
Engineering and planning for this road project began in 2013. Quivira National Wildlife Refuge has over 40 miles of public roads either within or alongside its boundaries. These are either owned and serviced by the Refuge, or by one of four separate townships. Only select roads managed by Quivira are being improved for this project. Improvements will include resurfacing with gravel, removal of cattle guards, replacement of spillways, and parking lot re-surfacing. Main township roads within the Refuge (which are not included in this project) include NE 170th Street, NE 140 Avenue from north of Little Salt Marsh to NE 140 Street, and perimeter roads such as Salt Marsh Road and NE 130th Avenue.
Main Refuge road and parking area on north side of Little Salt Marsh
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The tallest North American bird, and one of the rarest: now numbering about 600 in the world, there were once as few as 16.