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National Wildlife Refuge Week

National Wildlife Refuge Week

To celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week, the Quivira staff and Friends of Quivira are offering free guided bus tours of Quivira on Saturday, October 18., 2014. Tour times are 9:00 am, 9:30 am, 1:00 pm, and 1:30 pm.

Each tour will last approximately 2 ½ hours and will feature a tour guide showing points of interest, scenery, birds, and management activities along the way.  Fall migration of waterfowl, and possibly Sandhill Cranes, should be well underway by this time.  A short walk, stops at view points, and restroom breaks are also scheduled.

Tours are designed for any age, and a sack lunch is available to each participant upon request.  The tours and lunch are free of charge.  Registration is required for this event.  Please call Quivira at 620-486-2393 to make a reservation or to find out more, but do it soon, as space is limited on these tours.  Hope to see you at Quivira!



JUNE 2, 2012 -- Kid's Fishing Day

SEPT. 15, 2012 -- Monarch Mania

OCT. 13, 2012 -- Wildlife Refuge Week Celebration





2011 Crane Contest




Kids' Fishing Day

8:30 AM to Noon-June 2

The event is for children 14 years old and younger. Volunteers provide 15-minute lessons about casting, knot tying, fish identification and safety. At noon, the Friends of Quivira provide a hamburger and hot dog barbecue with the works, followed by door prize drawings of fish gear. To pre-register, call the Refuge at 620-486-2393 or email with the child's name, age, and town of residence.



Discover the Refuge after dark, when many of the creatures not seen during the day can be spotted. Participants ride in vans and SUVs along the Refuge roads using spotting scopes to find deer, beaver, coyotes, bob cats, raccoons and any other nocturnal creature that may be out and about.

2011 Crane Contest Wows Area Schools

A Celebration of North America’s Tallest Bird

Several area Grade School fourth and fifth graders participated in the first annual Crane Contest organized by staff from the Friends of Quivira and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge. The main goal of the contest was to foster an under-standing of Whooping Cranes and Sandhill Cranes among fourth and fifth graders, combining education and fun. The schools participating in the 2011 Crane Contest were Ellinwood, Sterling, Macksville, St. John, and Stafford.

The contest portion involved having each student guess the date and time that the Refuge staff first observed a Whooping Crane. The Endangered birds pass through south-central Kansas annually each fall.

The Crane Contest is planned to be an annual event, with the next programs beginning in late September 2012. Also, additional schools may be added to the list. Stay tuned!