Wildlife & Habitat

American Avocets landing in a marsh

Quivira National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1955 to protect migratory waterfowl.  It's 7,000 acres of wetlands attract hundreds of thousands of ducks and geese annually.  Its location in the middle of the Central Flyway places it in the primary pathway for many species of migrating shorebirds.

  • Animals and Plants

    American Beaver crossing a road

    Quivira is much more than birds.  See what else is found here!

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  • Birds

    Rough-legged Hawk on fence post

    Over 340 species of birds have been recorded at Quivira.  Click the link below to view our Checklist of Birds.

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  • Endangered and Threatened Species

    Whooping Crane pair

    Whooping Cranes, Interior Least Terns, Snowy Plover, and more.

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  • Salt Marsh

    Big Salt Marsh salt grass stands

    Inland Salt Marsh is rather rare in the United States. Its presence contributes to the uniqueness of Quivira.

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  • Shorebirds

    Phalarope flock

    Get to know this fascinating and important group of birds.

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  • Sand Prairie

    Sand Prairie

    Prairie vegetation on old sand dunes - a rare and fascinating combination.

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