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National Wildlife Refuge

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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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Quivira NWR conducts several special events throughout the year, including an Annual Kid's Fishing Clinic and Derby, Monarch Mania, and National Wildlife Refuge Week activities. Quivira NWR also conducts an average of 50-75 school and special group programs each year. Refuge staff conduct Educator Workshops upon request and provide a field trip guide to teachers in a notebook, as well as online.

Fishing is allowed on all bodies of water on the Refuge. The Refuge also has a special Kids Fishing Pond for children under the age of 14.

Hunting for waterfowl, quail, pheasant, dove, snipe, rails, squirrels, and rabbits is permitted on Quivira NWR.

The Migrant's Mile interpretive walking trail is located near Park Smith Lake on the Refuge. The trail is designed to provide visitors with interpretive opportunities, meandering through three different habitats found on Quivira NWR including wooded areas, marshlands, and grasslands. Interpretive signs are located along the trail. The Refuge visitor center has interpretive displays as well as many hands-on activities for visitors.

Wildlife Observation
Recently, a new accessible photo blind was installed at the trail head of the Migrant's Mile interpretive walking trail as well as a second photo blind near the Little Salt Marsh. This trail is located next to Park Smith Lake and provides the wildlife viewer with many wildlife observation opportunities. A 14-mile auto tour drive through the heart of the Refuge passes by the Little Salt Marsh and culminates at the Wildlife Drive, which runs next to the Big Salt Marsh. At any time of the year, a large variety of waterfowl and shorebirds as well as coyotes, red fox, and other mammals can be seen along this drive.

The visitor center is open from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, except on Federal holidays.

The Refuge auto tour is open to the public Monday through Friday, daylight hours only.

Entrance Fees
The Refuge does not charge an entrance fee.

Use Fees
The Refuge does not charge user fees (i.e., hunt fees, camping fees, boat launch, meeting rooms rental fees, auto tour fees, guided tour fees, etc.).
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