• 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.

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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

As of December 8, Quivira is Open to Hunting

Quivira is OPEN to hunting. 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:

Left to right:  Snow Goose, Deer, and Kestrel

Left to right: Snow Goose, White-tailed Deer, American Kestrel

Observation Tower Closed

The Observation Tower, located on the south end of Little Salt Marsh, is closed due to unsafe conditions. This closure is permanent until it is replaced.

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.

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Featured Stories

Whooping Crane migration update

Whooping Crane pair

Whooping Cranes have been observed. Check to see when and where the latest sightings have occurred.

Whooping Crane Sightings

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