A Great Blue Heron at McPherson Valley Wetlands

McPherson Valley Wetlands

Located at 967 Mohawk Road, the 4,455-acre wetland complex is ideal for viewing waterfowl, shorebirds and pheasants. Hunting permitted during season. Open year-round. (620) 241-7669. www.kdwp.state.ks.us

Photo by Jim Griggs Eastern Bluebirds populate the 25 boxes along Bluebird Trail at Maxwell.

Maxwell Wildlife Refuge

Located six miles north of Canton, KS, Maxwell Wildlife Refuge is home to not just elk and bison but many birds and wildflowers. More than 100 species have been identified. Eastern Bluebirds are often seen along the Blue Bird Trail of 25 Boxes. Bird brochures are available at the tour center. www.cyberkraft.com/maxwell

Lakeside Park

Geese, ducks and even swan have been spotted along Running Turkey Creek which winds its way through Lakeside Park in the heart of McPherson.