Quivira National  Wildlife Refuge

Northeast 80th Street 
Stafford, Kansas 67578
(620) 486-2393

Visitors Center open Monday - Friday: 7:30AM - 4PM
Refuge is open 7 days a week from 1.5 hours before
sunrise until 1.5 hours after sunset            Free!
Quivira National Wildlife Refuge Map

Quivira National Wildlife Refuge
Marshland at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge
Quivira National Wildlife Refuge

Quivira National Wildlife Refuge is home to over 300 species of birds as well as many different mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. Many of the birds and mammals that live at Quivira NWR can be seen from your vehicle on the 14 mile scenic drive through the refuge. You can also hike around the refuge or use the observation town with spotting telescope neat the park's visitor center.

The refuge Visitor Center is only open from 7:30 to 4 on Monday through Friday, but the exhibits are relatively limited, and stations near the entrances to to refuge have maps and brochures to assist you in your visit.

Quivira National Wildlife Refuge (along with the nearby Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area) was named one of the Eight Wonders of Kansas. As part of the National Wildlife Refuge System, Quivira National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) offers opportunities for wildlife observation and photography, environmental education and interpretation, and hunting and fishing. The Refuge has two large salt marshes, and both are excellent places to look for birds such as mallards, wood ducks, pintails, white pelicans, shorebirds and more. Additionally, bobcats, coyotes, and other mammals are frequently seen in various locations. Each season is unique, some years draught leaves the marshes dried out and there are few water birds.

Quivira National Wildlife Refuge and the Friends of Quivira present several special events during the year. The Peeps and Pastries Birding Tour in late April is limited to 20 people. The North American Migration Count comes to the refuge in May - some years over 150 species are identified. Other events include International Migratory Bird Day, Kid's Fishing Day, Monarch Mania and a celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week. 

Quivira National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
Quivira National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

white-tailed deer
I've seen white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) every time I have been to Quivira National Wildlife Refuge

Canada Geese - Quivira National Wildlife Refuge
Canada Geese (Branta canadensis)

Tundra Swans - Quivira National Wildlife Refuge
Tundra Swans (Cygnus columbianus)

Snowy Egret - Quivira National Wildlife Refuge
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)


Coyotes (Canis latrans) can often be seen near the Big Salt Marsh

Quivira National Wildlife Refuge Map - Kansas
Quivira National Wildlife Refuge Map

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