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Comprehensive Conservation Plan

Quivira National Wildlife Refuge—Kansas

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On completion, this comprehensive conservation plan will set out the management and use of Quivira National Wildlife Refuge for 15 years. The refuge lies in the transition zone of eastern and western prairies in south-central Kansas, within Stafford County.

The purposes of the refuge are (1) for use as an inviolate sanctuary or for any other management purpose for migratory birds, and (2) for the development, advancement, management, conservation, and protection of fish and wildlife resources for the benefit of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Photograph of two lesser scaups, hen and drake, in water. Credit: USFWS.

Lesser scaup and other ducks rely on refuge wetlands.

  • Established in 1955.
  • Comprises 22,135 acres.
  • Located north of Stafford, Kansas.

Wetlands, large and small, are present throughout the refuge; there are about 7,000 acres of wetlands with slightly to moderately saline water.Thousands of Canada geese, ducks, and other migratory birds such as sandhill cranes and shorebirds use these wetlands as they pass through the refuge on their annual migrations.

In addition, the refuge provides numerous opportunities for the public including hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, photography, interpretation, and environmental education.

Completed Plan Contacts

The Service completed this plan in 2014.


Refuge Address

Quivira National Wildlife Refuge
1434 Northeast 80th Street
Stafford, Kansas 67578


Refuge Telephone

620 / 486 2393

Refuge Website

Quivira NWR


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The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with Others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American People.
Last modified: November 14, 2019
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