American Beaver on lake shore

 From wetland critters to upland ones; from eastern ones to western ones.

Quivira's combination of sand prairie and diverse wetlands supports a unique variety of mammals.  Also, a combination of eastern, western, and southern species are represented.  For a complete checklist click here:


 Checklist of Quivira Mammals, updated 2020

 Here are some of the mammals you may see at Quivira.



Common Mammals 


The Coyote is far more common than any species of fox.  In fact the fox is a common prey of the Coyote.
American Beaver
Nature's engineers, the Beaver is found along the edges of marshes and streams.
 Eastern Cottontail
The Eastern Cottontail likes edges of fields, especially where there is plenty of brush for cover.  It is more common than its cousin the Black-tailed Jackrabbit.
 White-tailed Deer buck
As many as 300 or more White-tailed Deer may occur at Quivira, and can be seen all year.  Mule Deer are rare, and should be reported to Refuge staff.  
 Plains Pocket Gopher
You may not see Plains Pocket Gopher, but it is usually hard to miss its evidence:  small humps of sand, which are common throughout Quivira. 
The Muskrat, although just as common, is smaller than the Beaver, with a thin tail.
One of our most common mammals, the Raccoon is most active at night.  Populations occasionally suffer from distemper.
 Fox Squirrel
Our only squirrel is the Eastern Fox Squirrel.  It can be found anywhere there are trees. 
 Eastern Wood Rat 
Like the Pocket Gopher, the Eastern Wood Rat is hard to see, but its evidence is not.  The animal constructs large, above-ground nests of leaves, bark, and branches.  It is also known as the "Pack Rat".