The Primary purpose of Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge is to provide habitat for migrating and wintering waterfowl.
Throughout each year, formal field survey are conducted by Refuge staff. Winter waterfowl survey are conducted annually on a bi-weekly basis to collect waterfowl usage numbers for the refuge lands. Please look at the link below to see a few graphs showing our migration numbers and patterns.
Waterfowl Graphs 2
Flint Hills staff
banded mallards on the Neosho River in the 1980s. Over the following decade, many of these
ducks were recovered by hunters throughout the continent. This information helps managers understand
waterfowl migration and the flyways that Flint Hills NWR serves.
Flint Hills NWR
cooperates with universities to support graduate research projects.
Thesis topics include: small mammal communities, waste grain use by
Canada geese, wetland soil microbes, etc.
One recent study measured the physiological responses of snake's stress
caused by captivity by using local species found on the refuge.
In order to better equip planning efforts for the Comprehensive Conservation
Plan (CCP) process, a baseline vegetation map of Flint Hills was identified as a
necessity. The development of the vegetation map and
associated report was a multi-step process, involving study of aerial
photographs, several months of ground-truthing of vegetation types, and data
Chronic Wasting Disease, or CWD, is a disorder affecting deer in many areas
of the country. Although not documented in the Flint Hills NWR area, more information
is needed on deer population density, movement patterns, and group dynamics to
better assess the potential spread of the disease should it ever occur in the
Annually, the Flint Hills NWR staff conduct deer density surveys to gain a understanding on deer numbers and management activities for the future.
We are currently looking for landowners interested in participating or learning more about the Legacy Conservation Easement Program, contact Refuge Manager Jack Bohannan at 620-392-5553x103.