Large flock of Wilson's phalarope in flight
Wilson's phalarope flock (Phalaropus tricolor) These shorebirds are abundant at Cheyenne Bottoms for both spring and fall migration. © Judd Patterson

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Wings and Wetlands Festival

Kansas

Improve your shorebird watching skills at two of the best birding spots in the Midwest at this 2-day festival. 

Experienced guides will take you on multiple field trips to Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge during peak shorebird migration. Greater prairie-chicken lek viewing opportunities will also be available. 

Register Today: Early registration $175.00 (after April 5, 2019: $225)

Festival Hosts:

The Nature Conservancy
Kansas Wetlands & Education Center
Fort Hays State University 
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism
City of Great Bend
Kansas Birding Festival

Schedule:

Friday, May 3, 2018

12 noon - Check-in opens
1:30 p.m. - Beginning Shorebird ID workshop
3:30 p.m. - Field Trip #1 departs
6:30 p.m. - Evening meal served

Saturday, May 4, 2018

4:30 a.m. - Breakfast served
6:00 a.m. - Field Trip #2 departs
12 noon - Lunch on your own
3:00 p.m. - Field Trip #3 departs
6:30 p.m. - Evening meal served
7:30 p.m. - Keynote Speaker—Al Batt

Add-On Field Trips

Night Tour - Friday, 5/3, 8-10 p.m., $10
Greater Prairie Chicken Tours - Saturday & Sunday,  5/4 & 5/5,  5:00 a.m. , $15 each

ABOUT THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER:

Al Blatt of Hartland, Minnesota is a writer, speaker, storyteller and humorist. Al writes humor and nature columns for many newspapers and does regular radio shows about nature. He writes a number of popular cartoon strips that are syndicated nationally and is author of the book, "A Life Gone to the Birds." He is a columnist for Bird Watcher’s Digest and writes for a number of magazines and books. He is a trustee of the American Bald Eagle Foundation in Haines, Alaska. Al has hosted TV shows, speaks around the country, and has received numerous awards. Al speaks to anyone who will listen. His mother thinks he is special.

Register Now

Register before April 5 for early bird pricing.