OWLS AT MAXWELL

A Barred Owl (a.k.a. hoot owl) has been spotted several times near the FOM Tour Center. Although we have not captured a photo of this particular owl, here is a stock photo. Kansas is home to many owl species. Some like the Barred Owl spend the entire year in Kanas. Other year-round species include the Great Horned Owl, Short-eared Owl, American Barn Owl, and Eastern Screech Owl, Owls that only winter in Kansas include the Northern Saw-whet Owl, Long-eared Owl, and Snowy Owl, Burrowing Owls only spend the summer in Kansas. Keep your eyes open for more beautiful owls at Maxwell!

ELK DAYS 2023

Two tram tours took guests out onto the prairie to see the elk who seemed to know the day was all about them! A couple bison “horned in” on the attention, but the focus was on the elk. After the tours, guests returned to the FOM Tour Center for hearty elk chili, corn muffins, cinnamon rolls, and cookies. The guests and volunteers enjoyed lots of fun and fellowship while enjoying their lunch and the FOM Tour Center exhibits.
As an added bonus, an Elk hide tanning demonstration was in progress by Keven Hiebert and Troy Nordman. They captured some of the experience in a YouTube video. Use the QR code to view the video, or go to link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pV3z77oNcr4
We expect Keven and Troy will be back for the annual Mountain Man Rendezvous with more demonstrations and fur trader knowledge. 

2023 SPRING ANNUAL EVENTS

2023

Spring Trail Ride

bring your horse and ride our 2800 acre prairie with us. Riders will catch glimpses of the bison and elk so plan to bring a camera. Ride starts promptly at 10:00 AM then lunch break in our visitor center served by the Friends of Maxwell. Ride back out for the afternoon. Ride and meal costs $35.00 each, half day with meal $25.00 each. No stud horses allowed. Reservations required please call 620-654-7230.

Baby Bison Spectacular

spring brings wildflowers and our baby bison also known as ‘red dogs’. 45-minute tram tour will take you right into the middle of our Maxwell bison herd for a perfect opportunity for viewing and pictures. Tour times are 10am and 11am. Reservations required by email only to maxwellwildlife refuge@gmail.com.

Baby Bison Spectacular

spring brings wildflowers and our baby bison also known as ‘red dogs’. 45-minute tram tour will take you right into the middle of our Maxwell bison herd for a perfect opportunity for viewing and pictures. Tour times are 10am and 11am. Reservations required by email only to maxwellwildlife refuge@gmail.com.

Babies & Wildflowers photo tour

Great photo opportunity. This tour is geared for the photography enthusiasts. Board our open trams which will take you into our Bison herd for close up shots with stops along the way for wildflower shots and long-distance shots of the herd. Trams leave tour center at 8am so plan to arrive by 7:45am for check in. Cost $35.00 each. Reservations required by email ONLY.

Spring Wildflower tour

Enjoy viewing and identifying the prairie spring wildflowers at Maxwell. Tour includes a visit through the Bison then stops along the trail for short walking to identify wildflowers. We will have members from the Kansas Native Plant Society to assist you. Tour time is 9:30am and will last appx 60 minutes. Reservations required by email ONLY.

Summer Trail ride

Bring your horse and ride our 2800-acre prairie. You will catch glimpses of the Babies Bison and the beauty of the spring native wildflowers. Ride start full day $35.00 each, 1⁄2 day with meal $25.00 each. Reservations are made by email or calling 620-654-7230.

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