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    Mussels of the Refuge

    Refuge staff monitor the population and species compositions of the freshwater mussels of the Marais des Cygnes River.

  • Barn Owls


    Several species of owls, such as barn owls, use the Refuge as Habitat during the year.

  • Eastern bluebirds have established breeding populations on the Refuge.

    Migratory birds

    Eastern bluebirds have established a breeding population on the Refuge.

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    Meads milkweed

    Marais des Cygnes serves an important role to the federally-threatened Mead's milkweed.

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    Come Visit!

    Refuge named one of the Top Ecotourism Sites in the Great Plains

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Mar 27, 2014


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  • Hunting on the Refuge

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    Sport hunting is permitted on the refuge in accordance with all state and federal regulations. Hunters should consult the Kansas state hunting regulations. Special refuge hunting regulations also apply.

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