About the Complex

Quivira, along with Flint Hills and Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuges (respectively), and the Great Plains Nature Center, now make up the Kansas National Wildlife Refuge Complex.  

A National Wildlife Refuge Complex is an administrative grouping of Refuges managed from a central office location. The refuges are grouped into a complex structure because they occur in a similar ecological region, such as a watershed or specific habitat type, and have a related purpose and management needs. A project leader oversees the general management of all refuges within the complex and refuge managers are responsible for operations at specific refuges. Depending on the type of supporting staff and other needs, these resources can be shared within the complex.  

  • Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge

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    Flint Hills encompasses 18,463 acres of wetlands and prairie in the upper watershed of John Redmond Reservoir. Spring and fall are the best times to visit the Refuge and experience its scenic beauty and diverse wildlife.

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  • Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge

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    Bottomland hardwood forests, wetlands, and prairie combine to offer a showcase of diverse and unique plants and animals.  Located in far eastern Kansas, along the Marais des Cygnes River.

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  • Great Plains Nature Center

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    A cooperative project between the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism, City of Wichita and Friends of the Great Plains Nature Center.  It has both indoor-outdoor facilities designed to educate about the flora & fauna of the Great Plains.

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