The Great Migration Rally
**REGISTRATION FOR THE GREAT MIGRATION RALLY EVENT IS CURRENTLY CLOSED!**
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 – four-person tents, fishing poles, binoculars, kids’ life jackets and water jugs. The top prize for the adult category is a trail camera package with a retail value of $170. In addition several area businesses have donated gift certificates and area artists have donated pieces. The first 100 visitors receive a $5 gift card to a local business and a Migratory Bird Day poster. The first 50 kids receive a hat.
“We were 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 dealing with bird identification, historical happenings at Cheyenne Bottoms, re-enactors, or games occurs at each stop.
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.
Several activities take place at KWEC before the migration portion of the event takes place..
There are also crafts for kids and adults and other activities will be available.
A meal will be served to culminate the event.
Cost for the event is $5 for adults, $2.50 for children ages 5-12 and free for children under age 5. Participants are asked to pre-register by calling the KWEC, 1-877-243-9268, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org . More information is available at wetlandscenter.fhsu.edu.