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Things To Do & See In North Central Kansas – #11

Things To Do & See In North Central Kansas

This post is part of a series of 12 posts featuring attractions from natural wonders to man made oddities and just about everything in-between; all of which you can find in North Central Kansas.

OK! So this one is actually in North Western Kansas, just on the edge of North Central Kansas, but it’s still close to The Craft Basket in Alton so we’re going to add it to our list.

An enjoyable 50 minute drive from Alton, Kansas via US-24 W and US-183 N will take you to the Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge in Phillips County. 

kirwin_wildlife_refuge_024Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge covers nearly 11,000 acres of grasslands, crop lands, wetlands, rivers, hills, plains, open waters; just about every type of habitat Kansas has to offer. Located in the rolling hills its main purpose is to conserve, maintain, and manage wildlife and habitat for migratory birds.

The Refuge lies in an area where the tall grass prairies of the east meet the short grass plains of the west; as a result of this merging of prairies and plains, grasses and wildlife common to both habitats are found. Over 10,000 migrating waterfowl can be seen on the Refuge during fall through early winter.

The wide variety of wildlife that can be seen at KNWR include but is not limited to: bald eagles, golden eagles, pelicans, doves, pheasant, quail,kirwin_wildlife_refuge_015 turkey, prairie chickens, assorted waterfowl, sandhill crane, cottontail rabbits, fox squirrels, white tail deer,  prairie dogs, thirteen-lined ground squirrels, black-tailed jackrabbits, and mule deer.  In total over 230 bird species, 34 mammal species, 38 amphibian and reptile species, and 19 fish species which have been found on the refuge at one time or another.

For more information visit the US Fish & Wildlife Service website. http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Kirwin/about.html

Counties in North Central Kansas include: Clay, Cloud, Dickinson, Ellsworth, Jewell, Lincoln, Marshall, Mitchell, Ottawa, Osborne, Republic, Russell, Saline, Smith, and Washington – These posts represent just a small sampling of what you can find in our part of the state; if you have visited our area please feel free to comment on the amazing wonders of Kansas that you have experienced.

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