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


Join us at two of the best birding spots in the Midwest! 

During this two-day event, experienced guides will lead you on field trips to Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge during peak shorebird migration, a time when thousands of shorebirds and up to 1/4 million waterfowl visit the area! Greater prairie chicken lek viewing opportunities will also be available. 

Register Today: Early registration is $175.00. After April 5, registration is $225. 


Friday, May 3, 2019
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, 2019
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

The Nature ConservancyKansas Wetlands & Education CenterFort Hays State UniversityKansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & TourismCity of Great BendKansas Birding Festival

Register Now

Register before April 5 for early bird pricing.