November 9, 2007
Shortly after George and I arrived at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, George turned to me and said "I'm coming back". During our interview with the director, he told us sunrise and sunset at the end of October and early November are the most incredible times to see the birds.
When he said that, I was thinking we should have waited a few more weeks to come. But George, who is always looking for the perfect shot decided he'd come back and see it for himself. That's what he did several weeks later. He arrived before sunset, shot video, went to visit his family and then went back for sunset. His determination to see thousands of birds is why we have awesome video for this story.
Quivira, near Stafford is 85 miles from Wichita. It took us about an hour and a half to drive there. From Quivira, we went to Cheyenne Bottoms. It's just outside of Great Bend. The two wetlands are about 40 miles apart. Both are free to visit.
Both places are interesting because you can watch 300 species of birds. You don't have to get up at the crack of dawn to do it either, birds are there all the time. Since there aren't many wetlands left in the world, Quivira and Cheyenne Bottoms are considered to have international importance. They say that's the equivalent to winning an academy award.
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