A Pocket Guide to
Kansas Stream Fishes

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 Alliance for Wetlands & Streams, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism and the Westar Energy Green Team.

The author is Jessica Mounts.
The illustrations are by
Joseph R. Tomelleri.

Jessica Mounts is a Fisheries Biologist with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

Joseph R. Tomelleri is a Kansas artist specializing in scientifically accurate illustrations of fish. All the fish illustrations in this pocket guide were done by him. His work can be viewed at www.americanfishes.com

This pocket guide features about half of the 120 species of fish found in Kansas waterways.  Many are seldom seen except by aquatic researchers and some are strikingly beautiful!


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Pick up your copy of
A Pocket Guide to
Kansas Stream Fishes
or any of our other pocket guides
at the Great Plains Nature Center.

Individual copies may be picked up for free
at our front desk.

Copies can be mailed to you for
$3.00 each, postpaid. 
Make your check out to:
"Friends of the GPNC"
and mail it to:
Owl's Nest Gift Shop
Great Plains Nature Center
6232 E. 29th Street N.
Wichita, KS 67220

Be sure to specify which guide(s) you are ordering and include your full mailing address!


Check out the other GPNC Pocket Guides!

The Pocket Guide to Kansas Raptors
is online as the RAPTOR'S ROOST.

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
is online as the SNAKE'S BURROW.

The Pocket Guide to Great Plains Shorebirds is online as the PEEP'S PUDDLE.

The Pocket Guide to Common Kansas Spiders is available as a pdf download.

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 Common Kansas Backyard Birds is available as a pdf download.

The Pocket Guide to Red Hills Wildflowers is available as a pdf download.

Thanks to Aaron Austin for the idea of producing this guide and Corinne (Juju) Wellemeyer for her assistance in compiling the species accounts. The distribution maps were provided by Ryan Waters based on data collected by Jeff Conley and and others in the KDWPT Stream Survey & Assessment program. Ryan Waters also graciously supplied several photos. I would especially like to thank Dr. Keith Gido and his lab at KSU, Jeremy Tiemann, Jordan Hofmeier and Casey Pennock for reviewing the species accounts, the Kansas Chapter of the American Fisheries Society for their support, and Lorrie Beck, Jim Mason and Bob Gress for editing the manuscript.

This GPNC Pocket Guide was made possible with financial support from the following sponsors:

Chickadee Checkoff logo- 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.

The Kansas Alliance for Wetlands & Streams (KAWS) is a 501.C.3 not-for-profit organization that coordinates conservation projects, organizes educational events, demonstrates innovative practices, conducts applied research, and interacts with a large range of stakeholders, interests, governments and NGOs to support local efforts to solve priority watershed, wetland and stream issues. The mission of KAWS is to ensure the future of wetlands, streams, riparian areas and prairies as an integral part of our Kansas heritage and landscape.
We work with our partners and citizens of Kansas towards a vision of a healthy, sustainable ecosystems and watersheds that preserve a high quality of life and water for us all and future generations. The Stream Fish Pocket Guide highlights some of the important native species that are part of our natural heritage, and KAWS is proud to be involved in work to conserve these important fish species in Kansas. Learn more by visiting, www.kaws.org

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism is a  
cabinet-level agency in the State of Kansas, with a Secretary appointed by
  the Governor. A seven-member bipartisan commission, also appointed by the  
Governor, advises the Secretary and approves regulations governing outdoor
  recreation and fish and wildlife resources in Kansas. www.ksoutdoors.com

- 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 Spidey
Or write us at: 
Great Plains Nature Center
6232 E. 29th Street North
Wichita, KS 67220-2200             Call:  316-683-5499            Fax:  316-688-9555