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 lunch and a presentation by Nate Matthews and his Golden Eagle! Collect bird migration cards along the way to earn points for great prizes!


The Great Migration Rally event is held every other year on even numbered years.  Look for the next Great Migration Rally to return in 2018!


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


Adults (Ages 13 and older) – $5.50

Children (Ages 5-12) – $3.00

Children (Under Age 5) – Free



























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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 a positive or negative circumstance. 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 (see photos below).

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, including stops highlighting shorebird identification, macroinvertebrates, and a historical area church.

The migration activity is one of many during the event, with Falconer Nate Mathews bringing his golden eagle, Isaiah, for a presentation onhunting with an eagle. Mathews, currently the only falconer in Kansas hunting with an eagle, will share the remarkable story of Isaiah’s capture, training, loss and recovery at Camp Aldrich.

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



Numberous activities will take place at KWEC before the migration portion of the event takes place, including adult and kids crafts, games, and a demonstration on drone technology being used in biological research.

A meal will be served to culminate the event.

Cost for the event is $5.50 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 .