Events

    1 Oct - 31 Dec 2014 A Shadow Over the Earth--Passenger Pigeon Exhibit

    The story of the passenger pigeon is unlike that of any other bird. With a likely population between 3 and 5 billion, it was the most abundant bird in North America and probably the world. Yet human exploitation drove this species to extinction over the course of a few decades.   2014 marks the centenary of this extraordinary extinction. The Kansas Wetlands Education Center will mark this anniversary and promote conservation of various species and habitats, strengthen the relationship between people and nature, and foster the sustainable use of natural resources through the showing of an exhibit called A Shadow Over the Earth.  The exhibit will add to the current Wetlands Exhibit Gallery and will be open to the public for viewing from October 1 through December 31. You can learn more about the passenger pigeon's story at http://passengerpigeon.org/index.html

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    Location: Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156 Highway, Great Bend, KS
    Time: 12:00 AM


    11 Oct Hunter Appreciation Breakfast

    After your opening morning hunt, stop by the Kansas Wetlands Education Center for a breakfast and some bragging amongst other hunters! Duck hunting season begins on Saturday, October 11 for the Cheyenne Bottoms area.  Duck hunters are invited to stop by the Kansas Wetlands Education Center from 8am to 12pm for a free breakfast, coffee, and juice.  Additionally, the Cheyenne Bottoms Ducks Unlimited Chapter will be holding a raffle and silent auction for outdoor-related merchandise.  For questions about the breakfast, call the KWEC at 877-243-9268.

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    Location: Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156 Highway, Great Bend, KS
    Time: 8:00 AM


    19 Oct Colors of Nature: A Natural Dyeing Workshop

      If you love fiber, have we got a workshop for you! Knitters, crocheters, spinners, quilters, anyone who works with yarn or fabric will go home with a new appreciation for nature’s resources. Learn what plants in our area have hidden secrets, the process of going from plant to dye, and techniques to make sure your hand dyed creations last. We will do one dyepot from start to finish, and all workshop participants will leave with samples of our creations. No previous dyeing experience necessary! Call the KWEC at 1-877-243-9268 to register! Class space: 15 students. Ages: 16+. Cost: FREE Humans have been creating beads for thousands of years, and we’ve made them from any material we can get our hands on! Shells, wood, glass, metal, clay, you name it, someone’s made a bead from it. In this workshop, we’ll make a variety of beads from recycled paper for you to take home and use. Call the KWEC at 1-877-243-9268 to register! Class space: 15 students. Ages: 13+. Cost: FREE

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    Location: Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156 Highway, Great Bend, KS
    Time: 2:00 PM


    28 Oct Cheyenne Bottoms Crane Viewing Tour

    Sandhill Cranes come to Cheyenne Bottoms to roost. Photo by Dan Witt

    The Kansas Wetlands Education Center will offer a free crane viewing tour, starting at 5:30 p.m., Oct. 28. Join the KWEC staff for an evening tour to witness one of autumn’s spectacular journeys – the sandhill and whooping crane migration. The sight and sound of tens of thousands of cranes coming into the marsh to roost overnight is an unforgettable experience. There is also the chance whooping cranes, one of the rarest and most striking of North American birds, may be present. Tours will begin and end at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center.  From there, participants will board the KWEC van for a tour to find groups of cranes in the Cheyenne Bottoms area.  Van seats are limited, so preregistration is required.  Some car pooling might be available if all the van spots fill.  To reserve a seat or for more information, call KWEC at 877-243-9268. In the event of bad weather or a lack of cranes, tour participants will be notified of cancellation.

    Participants on last year's crane tour watch about 2,000 sandhill cranes from The Nature Conservancy observation tower.

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    Location: Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156 Highway, Great Bend, KS
    Time: 5:30 PM


    18 Dec Cheyenne Bottoms Christmas Bird Count

    It is that time of year again…Christmas Bird Count (CBC) season. From December 14 through the first week of January, families, scientists, students and bird enthusiasts of all ages will take part in CBC’s across the U.S. in one of the best forms of citizen science. During the count, volunteers are put into small groups and conduct count circles where they count and record every bird they see on their assigned route. Results of these counts are used by scientists across the US for assessing conservation efforts and tracking overall health and population numbers of bird species. And, CBC’s are a great way for beginner bird watchers to learn from more experienced bird watchers About 40 different CBCs are held annually across Kansas, including ones at Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira National Widlife Refuge. If you would like to participate in the Cheyenne Bottoms CBC, come out to the KWEC on Thursday, December 18 from 8am until 5pm. All are welcome to attend, but participation for at least half of the day is recommended. A lunch will be provided to participants courtesy of the KWEC and The Nature Conservancy. Preregistration is suggested.  Please call the KWEC at 877-243-9268 for more information.

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    Location: Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156 Highway, Great Bend, KS
    Time: 8:00 AM


    24 Apr - 25 Apr 2015 Wings 'N' Wetlands Birding Festival

    Check out additional information about the Wings 'N' Wetlands Birding Festival here. The Kansas Wetlands Education Center, along with Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks & Tourism, The Nature Conservancy, and the Great Bend Convention and Visitors Bureau, hosts this 2-day birding festival every other year on odd numbered years.  The next WNW Festival is scheduled for April 24-25, 2015!   The Wings N Wetlands Festival offers participants a unique opportunity to bird two of the best birding spots in the region, Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, as well as other area hot spots. Beyond the great birding, the weekend festivities also include fun workshops, relaxing socials, and opportunities to experience area attractions along the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway. Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge are two Wetlands of International Importance, and provide thousands of birds a stopover along their North and South migration routes. The festival dates coincide with the historical peak of shorebird migration, and is sure to provide some excellent viewing of well over 150 species of birds. Paid registration for the festival includes three or four guided birding fieldtrips with transportation, workshops and seminars, breakfast, 2 dinners, and snacks. Events take place at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center at Cheyenne Bottoms and the Best Western Courtyard in Great Bend. For more information and registration details contact the Kansas Wetlands Education Center at 1-877-243-9268.

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    Location: Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156 Highway, Great Bend, KS
    Time: 12:00 PM