So many people show up every year at the Walk With Wildlife that organizer Jim Mason is suggesting people come in the afternoon. But come in the morning, too, if you want.
The event is Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and temperatures are expected to be in the mid-60s, with cloudy skies.
After Friday’s rain, Mason was hoping to spread out the parking for the popular event, which is located near the Great Plains Nature Center and along about half a mile of the scenic paved pathways at Chisholm Creek Park in northeast Wichita.
Part of his parking area was rain-soaked on Friday. “I’m surprised we don’t have fish swimming out there right now,” he said. So the suggestion about an afternoon visit comes because he worries a bit about wheels sinking into sod, and he hopes most parking can be kept to the paved lot.
This will be the 33rd annual walk. About 2,000 people show up.
Mason, the director of the Great Plains Nature Center, has his critters all lined up to greet you once you come.
Bring the kids. There will be:
Eastern River Cooters (a species of turtle).
There will be close to 50 more species, of birds (including raptors), turtles, snakes, lizards, scorpions, toads and more, all of which you can walk up to, all of which will have volunteers ready to talk about them.
Some of the critters you can handle.
Maybe not the scorpions.
Walk With Wildlife
When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday
Where: Chisholm Creek Park, near 29th and Oliver
How much: $2 admission
More information: www.gpnc.org