Workshop and art show highlight the beauty, uniqueness of cranes

The Kansas Wetlands Education Center is billing it as a Crane Family Workshop.

It is a chance for the public to learn more about the 15 species of cranes globally and of the two species that frequent Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge each fall and spring on their annual migration.

The crane workshop is from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156, Great Bend.

The workshop will include several stations at the center allowing visitors to play games, create origami cranes and learn the dance of the cranes.

Cheyenne Bottoms in Barton County and Quivira in Stafford County serve as major stopover points for sandhill cranes and whooping cranes. Whooping cranes are the tallest species of North American birds, standing five feet tall.

The birds are white with a dark red cap, dark gray bill, and black legs and wing tips. In flight, they hold their necks straight out and their legs extend beyond their tails.

In 1942, only 14 whooping cranes were left. Now, the population is nearly 600.

In addition to the workshop, Barton Community College’s Shafer Memorial Gallery is hosting an art show “Choreography of Cranes.” The gallery is on the college’s campus, 245 NE 30th Road in Great Bend.

The art show will be on display throughout October. The Shafer Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The Kansas Wetlands Center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

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