Seasons of Wildlife

With four season, comes four great times of the year for Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge 

  • Spring

    Spring Burns

    During the spring season at Flint Hills there is abundant wildlife to observe.  On a sunny day, thousands of snow geese can be seen and heard for miles while migrating.  Wild turkeys can be heard gobbling and displaying. In April, warblers return, white pelicans can be seen migrating, and shorebirds start to arrive.  And with the arrival of spring weather, smoke can been seen for miles and the smell indicates prescribed fire season has begun. 

  • Summer


    With the Refuge being located in east central Kansas, summer rains often help paint a beautiful sight.  Moist soil plants are actively growing and their flowering provide magnificent colors for the eyes.  Upland prairies are in full peak with native wildflowers blooming and are abundant with upland sandpipers and grassland sparrows enjoying the warmer weather.  Great blue herons and egrets can be seen feeding in the shallow pools of water. Also there is nothing like being in the sunflower state, than to see it's namesake in full bloom.

  • Fall

    Geese 2

    With Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge being created for waterfowl migration there is no better time to visit than in the fall.  Wetland mashes are being pumped with water after a great growing season, bringing in the migratory birds.  Early fall brings the first migration, doves being one of the earliest. Ducks and geese number in the thousands with their peak being in November. 

  • Winter

    Deer in field with snow geese 2

    Winter can be cold, but there is still wildlife to observe.  American Bald Eagles and other raptors are abundant during the winter months.  White-tailed deer can been seen in large groups feeding on the winter wheat that has been planted.