Featured Species

The Marais des Cygnes River Basin contains a biological diversity that is unique in Kansas. Several species of concern occur in or around the Refuge, including Federal and State-listed endangered and threatened species. Bottomland hardwoods, shrublands, grasslands, wetlands, and croplands provide food, cover, and nesting habitat for migratory birds, shorebirds, waterfowl, and wildlife that live here year round ranging from insects to large mammals.

Trumpeter swan and young swimming in Pablo day use pond

The trumpeter swan is a majestic bird, with snowy white feathers; jet-black bill, feet, and legs; and 8-foot wingspan. At close range, a thin orange-red line can be seen on the lower part of the bill. The trumpeter is often confused with the smaller, more northerly tundra swan, especially where...

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