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Established in 1950, the Kansas Wildlife Federation supports the sustainable use and management of fish, wildlife and their habitats through education, partnerships, outreach and policy oversight.

As an affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation, KWF is the organization in Kansas that:

1)   Advocates for wildlife, sportsmen, environmental educators and outdoor enthusiasts;

2)   Provides information and education about conservation and management issues; and

3) Conserves and protects Kansas wildlife and its habitat.

Our current priority is to introduce youth, the future stewards of the earth, to the rewards and satisfaction of getting outdoors and becoming engaged with nature.


North American Beaver (Castor Canadensis)
Photo Credit: Steve Hersey

The north American Beaver is the largest rodent in North America. Because it is semiaquatic, it has webbed hind feet and a flat paddle shaped tail, both of which are clearly evident in the photo.  The front un-webbed paws have claws. Nictitating membranes cover their eyes for vision underwater. Their ears and nostrils close while submerged. They can remain under water for 15 minutes. They construct dams in waterways to regulate water levels where their lodges are built. Wood is not only used for their dams and lodges but as a food source including birch, maple willow, alder, red oak, & ash. Their dams may cause localized flooding but the creation of ponds, wetlands, & riparian habitat makes them a keystone species that increases biodiversity. Not only do aquatic plants colonize these areas but invertebrates, fish, & birds benefit.






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Wichita, Kansas 67277-1282

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