Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at


  • Where is Quivira?

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

    About the Refuge

  • Flock of Northern Pintails in a marsh

    Hunting and Fishing at Quivira

    Fishing is allowed year-round. Limited hunting is available September through February. Check here!

    Hunting and Fishing at Quivira

  • 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

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    Birding Quivira

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

    Learn More

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    Quivira's Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP)

    Quivira now has a completed Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP). Copies are available online or at the Visitor Center. Click here for details.

    Comprehensive Conservation Planning

Other Items of Interest

Where is Quivira?

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

About the Refuge

Hunting Status

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Hunting is OPEN at Quivira. Check back here, and check the Hunting/Fishing page, for updates.

Hunting and Fishing at Quivira

Quivira's New Hunting/Fishing Permit

Beginning this season, Quivira will be using a no-cost permit. See details by clicking here.

Hunting and Fishing Permit

Easy to Find at Quivira Now:


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Recent Bird Observations

Recent Bird Observations

Eared Grebe in breeding plumage

Catch the latest news on what is being observed at Quivira, including Waterfowl and Shorebird Surveys.

See what is here

Waterfowl and Shorebirds

Bird Surveys - recent data

Marbled Godwit along NE 170th Street

Check here for the most recent Waterfowl and Shorebird surveys.

Biological Surveys

Get to Know GPNC

The Great Plains Nature Center

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Get to know our sister operation in Wichita. Click here to find out more.

Great Plains Nature Center

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