• 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

  • Least Bittern

    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

Quivira reopens to hunting September 1

Quivira is CLOSED to hunting until September 1. Please check back here for updates.

Hunting and Fishing at Quivira

Monarch Tag Recovery Update

Male Monarch Butterfly

Monarch tag recoveries have been reported. If you helped catch and tag Monarchs for Monarch Mania (September), check here!

Monarch Butterflies

Easy to Find at Quivira Now:

L to R: evening primrose, annual buckwheat, egret

Left to right: 4-point evening primrose, annual buckwheat, and great egret

Observation Tower Has Re-opened

Observation Tower rebuilt - 2018

The Observation Tower, located on the south end of Little Salt Marsh, is now open to public use during regular Refuge hours!

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

Grazing Permits

Quivira Grazing Open for Bids

Cow photo

The next grazing schedule at Quivira is currently open for bids. Click here for more information.

Grazing Permits

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