The Friends of Quivira support Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, one of the premier wetlands on the Central Migration Flyway, through active volunteering. Sharing and maintaining the wonders of the animal and plant life of the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge through educational programs and events is the primary focus of Friends of Quivira. The Friends help with everything from planning special events and helping with them to cooking and serving meals at these events. Information on the Friends, how you can help, or how to join is available at their website www.friendsofquivira.org.
Kansas has several scenic routes for those wanting to explore and get to know the state. The Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway is a unique touring route that is anchored at each end by Quivira National Wildlife Refuge (south) and Cheyenne Bottoms State Wildlife Area (north). The communities of Claflin, Hoisington, Great Bend, Elllinwood, Hudson, Stafford, and St. John are also featured along this route. Coursing through sandhills, crop fields, and pastures within and near the great bend of the Arkansas River, the Byway is a great way to spend the day and experience these two fascinating refuges. Website link:
Located in north Wichita, this is a unique partnership between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism, and the City of Wichita, as well as with Quivira National Wildlife Refuge. The site includes a large Visitor Center with displays, an auditorium, and classrooms. Several miles of trails lead from the Center. Staff present a wide variety of interpretive and environmental education programs throughout the year. Website: http://www.gpnc.org/
In January 2014, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell presented Great Plains Nature Center with the 2013 “Partners in Conservation” award. Find out more: http://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/pressrel/2014/01162014partnershipsAward.php
Operated jointly by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism and Fort Hays State University, the Kansas Wetlands Education Center (KWEC) offers educational programs for schools and the general public, and features a large interpretive display area and classroom. Quivira and KWEC staff regularly work together on educational programming and special events. Website: http://wetlandscenter.fhsu.edu/
Quivira also partners with several other organizations in the county and state, including Ducks Unlimited, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and area Water Conservation Districts.
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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.