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A flock of sandhill cranes stands alertly in a Quivira National Wildlife Refuge wetland.
RR 3, Box 48A
Stafford, KS   67578
E-mail: quivira@fws.gov
Phone Number: 620-486-2393
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Thousands of sandhill cranes, shorebirds, Canada geese, ducks, and other migratory birds pass through the Refuge from September to December.
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Early Euro-American visitors used the salt marshes for market hunting. In the area that would later become Quivira NWR, the hunters could kill ducks, geese, and shorebirds, use the salt they found on the ground to preserve the meat, and package the birds for shipment to eastern markets.

Following the decline of market hunting, the lands and marshes of Quivira were acquired by private hunting clubs to provide hunting rights for their members only. Over a dozen clubs owned portions of the marshes now part of Quivira NWR. On May 3, 1955, the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission approved the establishment of the 22,1135-acre Quivira NWR.

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