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


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


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


Al Batt 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 hosted TV shows for many years and speaks at various festivals, conferences and conventions all over the world. He has received the Ed Franey Conservation Media Award from the Izaak Walton League, the Thomas Sadler Roberts Award from the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union for lifetime contributions to birding and was recognized by Bluebirds Across Nebraska for outstanding contributions to wildlife conservation. Al speaks to anyone who will listen. His mother thinks he is special.

Register Now

Register before April 5 for early bird pricing.