Wetlands and Wildlife Scenic Byway

National Scenic BywayKansas

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  • Blackbird Sunset

    In the winter, millions of blackbirds roost each evening at Kansas wetlands, like these at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge.

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  • Autumn Country Lane

    Heading into Quivira from the northwest, this is the typical autumn scene you will encounter. This road takes you on east to the Wildlife Drive on the north end of the refuge.

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  • Newborn Fawn

    A young fawn, white spots still prominent on its back and sides, sits curled up in greenery at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge

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  • Quivira Buck

    A stately whitetail deer is on the alert at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge.

  • Plains Coreopsis Wildflowers

    A field of Plains Coreopsis wildflowers bloom in wet or seasonably wet habitat.

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  • Nine-Banded Armadillo

    Whether it's because of global warming or mild winters, armadillos have been moving up from the South and may be seen in and around the Wetlands and Wildlife Byway in Kansas.

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  • Aerial View of Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area

    This photo provides a "bird's eye view" of the 19,587 acre Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area.

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  • Songbird Trail at Cheyenne Bottoms Interpretive Center Area

    This shelter belted songbird area was developed at the site of the Kansas Wetlands Interpretive Center to provide variety to the birdwatcher's "menu". Benches, feeders, and some interpretive signage is provided along this half mile walk. This trail will soon connect to a boardwalk through the adjacent mitigation marsh. The Byway provides many opportunities for those who like to view nature "on foot".

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  • Bass Fishing Heron

    A Great Blue Heron attempts to swallow a fair-sized (approximately 3-pound) largemouth bass at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge.

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  • Doe Over Fence

    A doe leaping over a fence is fairly common sight at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge.

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  • Wings and Wetlands Birders

    A group of birders gather at Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area for the Wings and Wetlands Birding Festival.

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  • Wings & Wetlands Birding Festival

    Visitors to the 2002 festival participated in the dedication of Quivira National Wildlife Refuge as a RAMSAR site.

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  • Birdwatchers

    The Kansas Wetlands and Wildlife Scenic Byway is a paradise for birdwatchers such as those shown here. Both beginners and experts will find a visit to the wetlands an exciting experience. Most birdwatchers simply stop along the dikes and roadways with binoculars and spotting scopes as indicated in this photo.

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  • Egrets at Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area

    Flocks of egrets are common sights at the Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area. Even the most novice of wildlife watchers will appreciate the beauty and vastness of the flocks within the wildlife areas. Spring migration will showcase sights similar to this egret photo - while fall migration waterfowl flocks often produce daily populations on the wetlands of 50,000.

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  • Eagle Moon

    A Golden Eagle soars in front of the moon at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge. Not nearly as common at Quivira as the Bald Eagle, a few Golden Eagles do visit and hunt at the refuge each winter.

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  • Birders at Wings and Wetlands Festival

    Groups of birders set up their gear and watch for birds at the Wings and Wetlands Festival.

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  • Lone Cottonwood

    Guarding the sand prairie like a lone sentinel, this old cottonwood stands along the Kansas Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway north of Quivira National Wildlife Refuge.

  • Goose Skater

    A lone Whitefront Goose makes its way across slick ice against a strong headwind at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge.

  • Bobcat in a Tree

    A bobcat suns itself in the early morning light along the Migrant's Mile Nature Trail at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge.

  • Boys Hiking at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge

    Boys take advantage of the walking and hiking opportunities at various locations along the Kansas Wetlands and Wildlife Scenic Byway.

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  • "Birds of Prey" Flighted Raptor Show

    A man demonstrates a flighted bird of prey during National Wildlife Refuge Week at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge during October of every year.

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  • Barton County Courthouse

    The white stone of the Barton County courthouse shines brilliantly on a sunny summer day.

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  • Labor Day Festival

    A group of red-clad participants march in a parade as part of the Labor Day Festival in Hoisington.

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  • Wetlands Education Center

    The sun glints off the Wetlands and Wildlife Scenic Byway sign in front of the Kansas Wetlands Education Center.

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  • Martin Cemetery in St. John, Kansas

    A small sign marks the Martin Cemetery in St. John, Kansas, an African-American cemetery where a number of Exodusters are buried.

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  • Martin Cemetery on a Sunny Day

    The Martin Cemetery, final resting place for a number of former slaves, sits amid green trees on a sunny day.

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  • Barton County Historical Village Exodusters Display

    A display of historical artifacts begins the Exoduster exhibit at the Barton County Historical Village.

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  • Barton County Arts Council Oscar Micheaux Display

    A number of posters on a storyboard show the work of Oscar Devereaux Micheaux, author, film director, and independent producer of over 40 films in the early 20th century.

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  • Stafford County Museum Storyboard

    A storyboard display at the Stafford County Museum explains the role of Exodusters in the history of Stafford County.

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  • Stafford County Museum Cannon

    A Civil War Cannon sits on display in the Stafford County Museum.

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  • Grave of Oscar Micheaux

    The grave of Oscar Micheaux, the first African American filmmaker, rests in the Great Bend Cemetery.

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  • Park in St. John, Kansas

    A serene park in St. John, Kansas provides a sunny area to enjoy a peaceful break next to the water fountain.

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  • Flags in the Stafford Cemetery

    A flag-lined paved pathway welcomes visitors to the Stafford Cemetery in Stafford, KS.

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  • JR Carmichael's Tombstone

    Monument of Stafford stonecutter JR Carmichael, who hand-carved the Grand Army of the Republic Memorial.

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  • Exoduster Children, Elsie and Lela Scott

    Twins Elsie (1889-1981) and Lela (1889-1962) Scott, two of 17 children belonging to Stafford County Exodusters John and Julia Scott, pose in the W. R. Gray Studio in 1910. This photo is featured in the Stafford County Historical Museum's glass negatives collection.

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  • Samuel Gracey's Grave in the Eden Valley Cemetery

    The grave of Samuel Gracey, Exoduster and Stafford County homesteader, rests peacefully in the Eden Valley Cemetery.

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  • Barton Historical Village Building

    Surrounded by flowers on a sunny summer day, the Barton Historical Village's Western Union Telegraph and Cable Office teaches visitors about old-fashioned communication.

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  • The "Rifleman" Monument

    "The Rifleman" stands guard over the Barton County Courthouse Square, commemorating the lives of local Civil War veterans.

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  • Main Street in Downtown Great Bend Kansas

    The fiery reds and oranges of autumn dress the trees along Main Street in downtown Great Bend.

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  • Oscar Micheaux

    Oscar Micheaux, the first African American filmmaker, was the son and grandson of Kansas Exodusters.

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  • Grave of a Civil War Veteran

    The grave of Francis Clark Diggs, who earned the Distinguished Service award for his service as a Union Soldier in the Civil War, sits in the Grand Army of the Republic Circle in the Great Bend, KS Cemetery.

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  • Infant Grave in the Hoisington Cemetery

    A homemade gravestone memorializes the grave of a baby who died in 1925.

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  • Folk Art Headstone in the Hoisington Cemetery

    Charming folkart headstones like this one decorate the Hoisington Cemetery.

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  • Birds Flock over the Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area

    Migratory birds flock along the water in the Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area near Hoisington, KS.

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  • Grave of Harriet and Napoleon Robinson

    The headstone of Harriet and Napoleon Robinson, aunt and uncle of the first African-American filmmaker Oscar Micheaux, rests in Great Bend's Eden Valley Cemetery.

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  • The Courthouse Soldier at "The Rifleman" Monument

    A statue of a Civil War soldier, known as "The Rifleman" Monument, stands in the Barton County Courthouse Square as a memorial to the lives of local Civil War veterans.

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