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Friday, April 18, 2014

Rally at Quivira, Cheyenne Bottoms wants people to ‘migrate’ to wetlands

By Beccy Tanner
The Wichita Eagle

People who visit Quivira National Wildlife Refuge and the Kansas Wetlands Education Center at Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area on May 12 can receive food and prizes as they “migrate” on the Wetlands and Wildlife Scenic Byway.

The Great Migration Rally encourages people to pick up cards at Quivira featuring migrating birds. Along the way, at three Byway stops and the Kansas Wetland Education Center, people can find out information about those birds and the hazards or advantages they might encounter along the route. At the end of the Rally’s migration, people have a chance to win several prizes, including a handheld GPS unit, backpack, binoculars and other outdoors equipment.

The event begins at Quivira’s Visitor Center at 9 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. There will be demonstrations, games and activities at both sites.

The featured speaker is Ken Lockwood of the Eagle Valley Raptor Center. He will present raptor shows at 1 and 1:45 p.m. at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. Graduate students from Fort Hays State University will put up mist nets and demonstrate bird banding.

The event is free and open to the public. Participants should pre-register by calling Quivira National Wildlife Refuge at 620-486-2393; or the Kansas Wetlands Education Center at 877-243-9268 by May 5.

The Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway curves around Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge for 76 miles. Quivira is located about 90 miles northwest of Wichita. Take K-96 to Hutchinson, then go west on U.S. 50 approximately 14 miles to K-14. Go 5 miles north to Fourth Avenue, turn left and go 17 miles west to refuge headquarters.

Reach Beccy Tanner at 316-268-6336 or btanner@wichitaeagle.com.

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