The Great Migration Rally

 

**THE GREAT MIGRATION RALLY **

Fun for the whole family! Begin your “migration adventure at the KWEC with crafts, demonstrations, and games. Continue on a drive through Cheyenne Bottoms for bird-watching, and informative stops. Complete your migration at BCC’s Camp Aldrich with supper and a live Birds of Prey show by Pat Silovsky of the Milford Nature Center! Collect bird migration cards along the way to earn points for great prizes!

 

 

The Registration deadline is now past.

 

 

WHEN:

Sunday, April 29, 2018

WHERE:

Beginning at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center and ending at BCC’s Camp Aldrich

COST:

Adults (Ages 13 and older) – $5.00

Children (Ages 5-12) – $3.00

Children (Under Age 5) – Free

2018 MAJOR SPONSORS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018 PRIZE SPONSORS

Artisan Soaps H&B Communications Sutherlands
Cates CarQuest Jay’s Photography The Historic Wolf Hotel
Cabela’s Karole’s Photography The Nature Conservancy
Coleman Kansas Earth & Sky The Page
Deception Outdoors Robert Penner Walmart
Dillons Perkins Restaurant Witt’s Wildlife Photography
Great Bend Rec Playa Azul

 

Every other year, the Kansas Wetlands Education Center celebrates spring migration with The Great Migration Rally.

“It’s an event modified from one of our activities that features migration,” said Curtis Wolf, KWEC manager. “The concept is to provide information about the hazards birds face during migration with a fun and entertaining approach.”

Participants start off by drawing a “bird” card, worth so many points. The rarer the species, the more points it is worth.

“Each bird is a species that migrates through Cheyenne Bottoms,” Wolf said.

After beginning their “migration”, driving through Cheyenne Bottoms, participants stop at three different points, picking up situational cards that describe perils or rewards of migration. The positive cards, such as finding a good food source, add points. The negative cards, such as losing a wetland to development, subtract points. At the migration destination, Barton Community College’s Camp Aldrich, the migrants choose one last card, points are tabulated and those with the highest points win prizes.

Many of the prizes encourage outdoor activities – tents, fishing poles, outdoor chairs, and water jugs.  Coleman, Co. has donated a number excellent prize items. In addition several area businesses have donated gift certificates and area artists have donated pieces.

“We are very fortunate to have so many businesses, organizations and individuals donate prizes for this event,” Wolf said. “We also appreciate BCC’s partnership.”

A separate educational activity will be available at each stop along the way.

The migration activity is one of many during the event, culminating with a supper and presentation at Camp Aldrich.

Falconer Nate Matthews was a featured speaker at the 2016 Great Migration Rally, talking about his Golden Eagle!

 

 

Numerous activities will take place at KWEC before the migration portion of the event takes place, including adult and kids crafts, demonstrations, games, and activities.

Cost for the event is $5.00 for adults, $3 for children ages 5-12 and free for children under age 5. Participants are asked to pre-register by filling out the registration form available above.  For questions, please call the KWEC at 1-877-243-9268, or email lkpenner@fhsu.edu .