Two adult whooping cranes were seen Monday morning at the south end of the Little Salt Marsh at the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge.
Officials at the refuge will observe the birds and any other of the endangered birds that come to the refuge in the next few days.
If the birds are still on the refuge by the end of the week, all hunting will be suspended, according to Barry Jones, visitor services specialist at the refuge.
Quivira National Wildlife Refuge is in central Kansas, southeast of Great Bend, west of Hutchinson.
If you are traveling from Wichita, take K-96 west to Hutchinson. At South Hutchinson, continue on K-96 as it follows U.S. 50 west, then splits right and heads north. Take the Fourth Street exit and turn left. Follow this blacktop road 28 miles, then turn right (north) on 140th Road and go one mile north to the Refuge headquarters.
For the most current updates on the birds and refuge hunting, check the website at www.fws.gov/quivira or call 620-486-2393.
People traveling to the refuge specifically to see the whooping cranes are reminded the birds are wild and unpredictable and subject to move whenever they want to.
"If you wish to see whooping cranes, it is best to plan a visit to view the Refuge and its large numbers of waterfowl, with the chance of seeing the rare birds as an added treat," Jones said in a press release issued Monday.