A Pocket Guide to
|This informative and comprehensive booklet was
published by the Friends of the Great Plains Nature Center.
It was underwritten by the Chickadee Checkoff Program,
the Kansas Ornithological Society and the Westar Energy Green Team.
The authors are Chuck Otte and Bob Gress,
Bob Gress was formerly Director of the Great Plains Nature Center.
The purpose of this Pocket Guide is to help you identify the more common backyard bird species of Kansas and develop an understanding of and appreciation for how they live and what they need to survive.
Check out the other GPNC Pocket Guides!
The Pocket Guide to Kansas Raptors
The Pocket Guide to Common Kansas Mammals is online at the MAMMAL'S DEN.
The Pocket Guide to Kansas Threatened and Endangered Species is available as a pdf download.
The Pocket Guide to Kansas Snakes
The Pocket Guide to Great Plains Shorebirds is online as the PEEP'S PUDDLE.
The Pocket Guide to Kansas Freshwater Mussels is online as the MUSSEL BED.
The Pocket Guide to Great Plains Waterbirds is online as the SHORELINE.
The Pocket Guide to Kansas Flint Hills Wildflowers and Grasses is online as the MEADOW.
The Pocket Guide to Common Kansas Butterflies is available as a pdf download.
The Pocket Guide to Kansas Red Hills Wildflowers is available as a pdf download.
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Individual copies may be picked up for free
Copies can be mailed to you for
Be sure to specify which guide(s) you are ordering and include your full mailing address!
The Pocket Guide to Common Kansas Spiders is available as a pdf download.
The Pocket Guide to Kansas Stream Fishes is available as a pdf download.
Pete Janzen, Patty Marlett, Cheryl Miller and Jay Newton carefully read through the text and made many valuable suggestions. Lorrie Beck, Jim Mason and Marc Murrell reviewed the text for grammar and clarity. Photographs were donated by Bob Gress, Judd Patterson and David Seibel. To view more of their bird photographs see their website at www.BirdsInFocus.com.
This GPNC Pocket Guide was made possible with financial support from the following sponsors:
- The Chickadee Checkoff program is a voluntary donation program for nongame projects sponsored by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. Kansas taxpayers are able to contribute on their individual state income tax form. Donations can also be made by sending a check to Chickadee Checkoff Program, 512 SE 25th Ave., Pratt, KS 67124. Since 1980, the Chickadee Checkoff program has distributed over $4 million to projects that help endangered species, assist in reintroduction efforts of sensitive species, supports wildlife education projects at schools and nature centers, and supports hundreds of other nongame conservation projects.
- Westar Energy, Inc. is the largest utility in Kansas serving nearly 700,000 customers with about 35,000 miles of transmission and distribution lines. Since 1989, their employees have operated an environmental team. The Green Team members volunteer hours to improve wildlife habitat through wetland creation and restoration and native grass and tree planting. They build bridges and trails and work to protect and reintroduce sensitive plant and animal species. The Green Team can be contacted at 785-575-8125 or at Ben.Postlethwait@Westarenergy.com
Questions or comments? Send
Email to Jim Mason