WHO we are

The Friends of Quivira support Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, one of the premier wetlands on the Central Migration Flyway.  Sharing and maintaining the wonder of the animal and plant life of the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge through educational programs and events is the primary focus of Friends of Quivira.
Friends of Quivira was formed in 1998 to assist the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge with educational programs and events and stewardship. A nonprofit organization, the Friends of Quivira purpose is to support the development of the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge.....


Events and programs encourage exploration of the marsh by young and old alike.

for children pro-vides an hour of hands on learning, followed by fishing at the Kid's Fishing Pond.


National Wildlife Refuge Week
is a celebration of wildlife and the heritage of Quivira National Wildlife Refuge.

provides an opportunity for participants to capture and tag Monarch butterflies.


The Friends of Quivira is a volunteer-driven organization. Volunteer today and start making a difference.
The Friends of Quivira welcome you to join us in publicizing and supporting this marvelous salt marsh ecosystem recognized as a Wetland of International Importance by the world.

QUIVIRA National Wildlife Refuge

Quivira National Wildlife Refuge

The Friends of Quivira include members from throughout Kansas and the U.S., who appreciate the unique beauty and importance of the 22,000-acre Refuge and the need to protect this area that serves as a fueling stop for waterfowl and shorebirds that include the endangered whooping crane and least tern. During spring and summer migration, the Refuge teems with waterfowl making their annual treks between breeding and wintering grounds.  Hundreds of thousands of geese, ducks and cranes fly the endless prairie sky, during fall migration, as they leave to feed, or continue their travels. Shorebirds are the focus of spring migration, when the peeps bearing bright mating plumage spend up to a month at Quivira NWR before moving north. Several species of shorebirds and waterfowl remain during the summer months to breed and nest, including the least tern and snowy plover.