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    Hardwood Forest Restoration Project

    Click here to learn about the multi-year forest restoration project, partnered with the Conservation Fund.

    Marais des Cygnes Monitoring summary

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    Save the Monarch!

    Monarchs undertake one of the world’s most remarkable migrations. They are in trouble and need our help!

    Click here to learn more!

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    Come Visit!

    Refuge named one of the Top Ecotourism Sites in the Great Plains

    Learn more

  • Butterflies species travel through the refuge finding food sources and mates in the spring to late summer.


    Butterfly species travel through the refuge pollinating, finding food sources and mates in the spring to late summer.

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    Mussels of the Refuge

    Refuge staff monitor the population and species compositions of the freshwater mussels of the Marais des Cygnes River.

More about Marais des Cygnes

Hardwood Forest Restoration Project

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Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge has partnered with The Conservation Fund (TCF) for more than ten years to initiate hardwood forest restoration on more than 1,400 acres on the refuge. The most recent monitoring summary report from TCF is available. Click here to read the report.

MDC Monitoring summary

Prescribed Fire at Marais des Cygnes


The Refuge may be conducting some late winter and early spring prescribed burns. Some closures may occur.

Fire Management

Refuge Named one the Top 50 Ecotourism Sites in the Great Plains

October 29, 2012

The University of Nebraska's Center for Great Plains Studies has published a map featuring the top 50 ecotourism sites in eight states.

Refuge Named one the Top 50 Ecotourism Sites in the Great Plains
Bids Open for 2019 Soybean Farming

Soybean Farming Bids

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Marais des Cygnes NWR is offering 75 acres available for cooperative soybean farming. Deadline for bids is 3:00 pm, Wednesday, May 15. Call the Refuge (913)-352-8956, ext. 302.

Hunting Information

Hunting on the Refuge

Fall Wild Turkey

Sport hunting is permitted on the refuge in accordance with all state and federal regulations. Hunters should consult the KDWPT state hunting regulations. Special refuge hunting regulations also apply.

Hunting Information

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS