2008 Birding Festival Evaluation Results

34 EVALUATIONS WERE RETURNED
(54 Individuals attended the full festival; some of the evaluations were probably completed as a husband and wife couple.)

1. HOW DID YOU FIND OUT ABOUT THE KBF?
10 – Internet
8 - Friends
7 - Reminder mailings, here for 2006 Festival
4 – News paper stories
1 – Vanessa at the Nature Center
1 – Bird Tank
1 – e-mail notification to local Audubon Society
1 – By chance, I saw a flyer advertising the event at “H.N.S. Beagle”, in
Parkville, Mo
1 – We came last year for Sympho9ny on the Flint Hills, beautiful and wanted to
Come back so looked for links.
1 – Bird Digest Magazine

2. WHAT WAS THE MAIN ACTIVITY THAT ATTRACTED YOU?
11 – Prairie Chicken viewing
9 – Guided Tours
9 – Birding with other people
4 – Everything
2 – Seminars
2 – The whole event, just a lot of fun
1 - Konza Prairie
1 - Birding on Water
1 – First Time Birding Ever
1 – learning about wetland restoration

3. HOW WELL DID THE FESTIVAL FULFILL YOUR EXPECTATIONS?
15 – Fulfilled my expectations
Lots of choices
Pleasantly surprised by number of birds the group members immediately
Identified.
12 – Top Drawer, well organized, good topics
Very well – as advertised
7 – Enjoyed knowledgeable guides
(Hoogy and Carol are exceptional)
3 – Enjoyed the relaxed & casual atmosphere, friendly people
2 – Konza Prairie, excellent docent
1 – Add fresh fruit for snacks
1 – Great food

4. WHAT EVENT OR ACTIVITY COULD BE ADDED TO MAKE THE FESTIVAL MORE ATTRACTIVE?

3 - Large Bird “Master” List showing birds sighted eadh day.
2 - How to take better pictures of birds.
2 - Night field trip for owls
2 - Not sure it could be improved
1 - Dinner on Friday evening, or more of a spread at the Wine & Cheese reception,
This was my dinner.
1 - Sunshine.
1 - More seating for the Birding by Boat activity.
1 - Evening birding event on first night.
1 - Snacks on the vans. Hot Coffee after seeing Prairie Chickens
1 - Bob Gress – presentation of Kinds of Birds – like he did in Great Bend in 2007
1 – Would have liked to take all the tours
1 – More communication on what would be needed on the field trips – Clothing,
Rest stops, etc.
19 - People had no suggestions on how to improve the Festival.

5. WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE FESTIVAL?
10 – Guided Birding, getting lifers, vans and drivers
7 - Prairie Chickens
4 – Konza with Docent
4 – Wine and Cheese Reception – Tom’s is an exceptional place
4 – The hospitality first and foremost, meeting the good people of Kansas
3 – Boat trip.
3 – Other Birders
2 – all
1 – Humming Bird Information
1 – Saturday lunch at Tom’
1 – Milford Wetlands
1 – Discovery of new habitats

6. DID YOU HAVE ANY NEGATIVE EXPERIENCES THAT AFFECTED YOUR WEEKEND? (If yes, please explain)
16 - None
5 – To cold, rain, weather but not under your control
2 –Smaller vans so everyone can see birds while driving
2 – Snacks on field trip events would be good, Coffee after Prairie Chickens
1 – Travel time from and to motel, would be better is lodging was local
1 – Unable to get to Wakefield by 4:00 PM for Friday evening trip
1 – Getting up at 3:15 wasn’t easy, but rewards more than made up for it
1 – Some of the drivers did not come to a complete stop often enough.
1 – Konza Prairie trip could have been shorter and possibly combined with
Another program.
1 – No
1 – People in the back of vans could not hear driver
1 – Scheduling of Wine and Cheese party was to late – we had to find supper after
8:00 PM and get up at 4:00 AM for breakfast

7. PLEASE CIRCLE YOUR SATISFACTION LEVEL:
(Everyone did not participate in each activity, and this survey was taken on
Saturday evening after the banquet, and there were more tours on Sunday
Morning. There was limited space for Birding by Boat and the Prairie
Chicken Trip.)

A. Field Trip to Milford Wetlands?
Very Satisfied 10 Satisfied 3 Not Satisfied 0
B. Field Trip to Kansas Landscape Arboretum?
Very Satisfied 12 Satisfied 4 Not Satisfied 0
C. Field Trip to see Prairie Chickens
Very Satisfied 12 Satisfied 0 Not Satisfied 0
D. Field Trip to Konza Prairie
Very Satisfied 13 Satisfied 4 Not Satisfied 0
E. Field Trip to Local Birding Areas?
Very Satisfied 15 Satisfied 2 Not Satisfied 1
F. Birding by Boat?
Very Satisfied 6 Satisfied 1 Not Satisfied 0
G. Meals during Festival?
Very Satisfied 23 Satisfied 10 Not Satisfied 0
H. Friday night Wine and Cheese Reception?
Very Satisfied 26 Satisfied 5 Not Satisfied 0
I. Saturday Night Banquet
Very Satisfied 23 Satisfied 5 Not Satisfied 0
J. Program by Dave Rintoul during Banquet?
Very Satisfied 24 Satisfied 3 Not Satisfied 0

8. WHERE DID YOU STAY DURING THE FESTIVAL?
(This is probably families, not individuals)
12 - From around here, stayed at home
4 - Clay Center Motels
7 - Wakefield Motel
4 – Junction City
2 – Acorn Resort, Milford Lake
1 - Wakefield B&B
1 - Manhattan Mornstar (?) B&B
1 – Milford State Park in RV
1 - With Relatives in area

9. IF YOU STAYED AT A HOTEL, HOW SATISFIED WERE YOU WITH YOUR ACCOMMODATIONS?
Cedar Court in Clay Center – Very much so. It’s nice and quiet, wish it was closer to the festival. Very Satisfied, It’s only 20 minutes away from Wakefield, very quiet. Satisfied. It had everything we needed, I would stay there again.
Sportsman Inn – Wakefield. The room was modest, but clean and cheap. Not great, was supposed to have beds for four, had beds fro two and had to sleep on floor & cot. We got what we paid for, it is cheap, we liked it because it was close. Not perfect ,but OK , we weren’t in the room very long, Wakefield needs a new motel. Great for the price and location. Close by, but rather primitive, it was an experience.
Manhattan B&B = Very Satisfied.
Junction City - Comfort Inn, OK. OK, inexpensive and convenient. It was OK, but not very clean.
Acorn Resort – Cabin was nice but lacked some necessities such as reading lamps by beds, coffee cups and hand soap.

10. TO HELP US EVALUATE THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF THE FESTIVAL, HOW MUCH MONEY DID YOU SPEND IN THE AREA DURING THE FESTIVAL? (This would not have included the $90.00 registration fee for the Festival.)
$0 to $50 - 9 = $ 0 to $ 450
$51 to $100 - 7 = $ 357 to $ 700
$101 to $250 - 11 = $1 111 to $2,750
$251 to $550 - 5 = $1,250 to $2,750
TOTALS $2,718 TO $6,650

11. WILL YOU MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND THE FESTIVAL AGAIN IN 2010? WHY OR WHY NOT?
8 - Yes
If I am here I definitely will, Loved the location, Wakefield is Beautiful.
Absolutely.
Sure will.
Hope to.
Oh yes, oh yes, wouldn’t miss it.
Yes, it’s fun, get’s me away from the house for a weekend of birding.
. Yes, maybe.
Yes, it was great
Possible, if time is right.
Unknown.
Not sure yet.
Probably, Mothers Day present to my wife.
Go to Wings & Wetlands in 2009 so might want to explore other events in Kansas,
Love this area and like how everyone works together.
Maybe
Probably not, but will certainly consider it.
Yes, fun and educational.
Possibly, depending on the weather, and if my companion wants to come again.
If I can work it in, but I will tell folks I know to come.
Maybe – I seldom go to the same festival two times in a row.
Don’t know yet
Time will tell
Don’t know as we travel frequently.
If we are available, we travel a lot.
Probably, will attend if my schedule allows.
No, to may other places to see.

 

COMMENTS WORTH REPEATING:

Hi Chuck (Otte)

We enjoyed the Birding Festival very much. Here are our evaluation sheets…we had to struggle to come up with any suggestions as our dominate feeling was we wouldn’t change a thing. The logistics were unimaginable to us. Hearty congratulations on making it all work out so well. Just got a note from Barbie Craft, she said she enjoyed the banquet & the speaker. It ought to be required that all elected officials be exposed periodically to Dave Rintoul’s sense of humor….

Thanks for everything,
Marcy

IF WE ADD THE ABOVE $2,718 or $6,650 TO THE $ 4,915 PAID IN REGISTRATION FEES FOR MEALS, VANS, FUEL, SUPPLIES, ADVERTISING, ECT. THIS IS A TOTAL OF $7,633 TO $11,565 NEW MONEY (CASH) INJECTED INTO THE THREE COUNTY AREA

If the money that comes into an area multiplies it self “7” times, this festival may have created an economic impact of :
FROM $53,431.00 TO $80,955.00 IN THIS THREE COUNTY AREA