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Features

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    Refuge Water Management News

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as part of its efforts to optimally manage the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge and address the refuge’s ongoing water impairment, is actively working with local stakeholders and communities to explore future opportunities to collaborate on water management and conservation.

    Learn more >

  • Flock of Northern Pintails in a marsh

    Hunting and Fishing at Quivira

    Please review our Hunting and Fishing Brochure for current information and regulations in regards to hunting and fishing on the refuge.

    Hunting and Fishing Brochure

  • Pair of adult Whooping Cranes

    Whooping Crane Update

    Fall Whooper migration should begin in October. See how many birds were observed this past spring!

    Whooping Crane Sightings

  • Least Bittern

    Birding Quivira

    Quivira is one of the top birding destinations in the United States. Find out where to go and when.

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About Quivira

Partners Gathering Public Comment on Rattlesnake Creek Watershed Plan

NRCS GMD5 Public Meeting 1.13.22

From 4-6pmCT on Thursday January 13th 2022, our partners with the Big Bend Groundwater Management District #5 hosted a public meeting to provide information and receive comments on an Environmental Assessment for the Rattlesnake Creed Watershed Plan. Comments can be submitted until Jan. 31, 2022. Please see the image and link below for more information and to provide input to this important watershed management opportunity.

Learn more about the Watershed Plan from Big Bend Groundwater Management District 5

Quivira NWR Water Conditions 2021

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As of November 8, 2021, most hunt units have low-medium water levels. However, the Refuge is CLOSED to hunting due to the presence of whooping cranes. The North Flats have a few acres flooded each on west and east side of the Road. This will continue to increase in the future. If the Flats have water, North Lake should also have some. Units 10A, 10B, and 10C are having water diverted into them. Unit 28 is also having water diverted into it. Unit 40 has low water levels, but holding some teal/ducks. Unit 29 and 30 are dry and lots of tall emergent. Unit 28 has water and duck--good for hunting. Unit 10-11 units have low water levels and 10 units have lots of cattail. We are diverting water to these units. Unit 11b had the most water of these units. Look for whooping cranes to continue to migrating through the Refuge for the month of November.

Hunting and Fishing Update 12/3/2021

Hunting and fishing opportunities will re-open at Quivira NWR on December 4, 2021. Please see the link below for the current Hunting and Fishing brochure with the current regulations. As of December 3, 2021: Current waterfowl numbers are estimated at >5,000 ducks and >10,000 geese (mostly light). Migration appears to be delayed with larger duck and goose population numbers remaining in northern states. Water conditions are abnormally low due to above normal temperatures and lack of precipitation.

Hunting and Fishing Brochure

Where is Quivira?

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Quivira is located in central Kansas, 30 miles west of Hutchinson.

About the Refuge
Quivira Water Management News

Refuge Water Management News

Quivira National Quivira National Wildlife Refuge Sunset (1500px)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as part of its efforts to optimally manage the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge and address the refuge’s ongoing water impairment, is actively working with local stakeholders and communities to explore future opportunities to collaborate on water management and conservation.

Learn more >

About the Complex

Kansas National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Quivira National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Kansas National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Read more about the complex
About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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.

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