Fort Hays State University’s Kansas Wetlands Education Center (KWEC) is hosting a free book launch event at 10 a.m. June 19. Join in for a reading by the author, family-friendly activities, refreshments, and more.
“Ava: A Year of Adventure in the Life of an American Avocet” is a 32-page, fully illustrated children’s book written by Mandy Kern, program specialist at the KWEC; illustrated by Onalee Nicklin of rural Emporia; and published by Meadowlark Press.
The story follows Ava. the American Avocet, a breed of shorebird, that leaves her home at the Laguna Madre and travels 1,000 miles to stay for a season at the largest wetland complex in the interior of the United States. Cheyenne Bottoms, in the middle of Kansas, is home to millions of birds that stop