Wildlife & Habitat

Migrat Geese

Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1966 to provide habitat for migrating and wintering waterfowl.  Over 2,500 acres of wetlands attract thousands of ducks and geese annually.  Because of the diverse habitat found here, the Refuge is a haven for an assortment of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and insects.

  • Mammals and Plants

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    Flint Hills has much more to offer than migratory birds.  Learn more about what else calls the Refuge home!

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  • Birds

    Bald Eagle

    Over 294 bird species can be found on the Refuge, including 103 species which nest on the refuge.  Click on the link below to view our Bird Checklist. 

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  • Grasslands

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    While only a handful of native prairies remian on the refuge, these habitat are important to wildlifie.

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  • Wetlands

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    Most of the natural wetlands on the refuge were lost to development, but to mimic natural wetlands the refuge staff actively manages over 2,500 acres of restored wetland habitat through the use of pumps, levees, and water control structures.

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  • Riparian Areas

    Riparian Area

    A riparian area occurs as forested corridors along the Neosho River drainage. Riparian areas provide nesting habitat for migrating song birds and travel shelter for bobcats, white-tailed deer, and wild turkeys.  The Refuge restores these habitats by promoting natural vegetation and planting additional native trees.