A Pocket Guide to
Great Plains Waterbirds

The information within the
Shoreline is also found in the
"Pocket Guide to
Great Plains Waterbirds"

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 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Westar Energy Green Team.

The co-authors were Suzanne Fellows, a wildlife biologist with the Migratory Bird Program, Region 6, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Bob Gress, Director of the Great Plains Nature Center.

The purpose of the Pocket Guide is to help you identify and gain an appreciation for the diversity of waterbirds and their importance to the Great Plains environment.

Click here to download a pdf version!  Click the icon to download a pdf copy.

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 Second Edition of 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 Kansas Freshwater Mussels is online as the MUSSEL BED.

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 Kansas Red Hills Wildflowers is available as a pdf download.

Pocket Guide to Great Plains Waterbirds

The Pocket Guide to
Great Plains Waterbirds

is currently out of print.

Individual copies of our other pocket guides
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!



The following people assisted in developing the species list based on their experience and knowledge of the birds across the Great Plains Region: William H. Howe, Neal D. Niemuth, Robert P. Russell, Max C. Thompson, and Eugene A. Young. Natural history information and species identification tips were provided by Adrianna Araya, Charles P. Stone, Steve J. Lewis, Stefani Melvin, Chuck Otte, Robert P. Russell, Max Thompson, Eugene Wheeler and Tamara Zeller. Marc Murrell and Lorrie Beck edited the final text. The majority of the photos were supplied by Bob Gress, with additional photos by Jim Burns, Mark Chappell, Kyle Gerstner, Judd Patterson, Brian Pauly, Thane Rogers, David Seibel and Linda Williams.

The findings and conclusions in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

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

Chickadee Checkoff logo- The Chickadee Checkoff is a voluntary donation program for nongame projects in Kansas. Taxpayers are able to contribute by assigning any amount they wish on the appropriate line on their individual income tax form. Since 1980, the Chickadee Checkoff has distributed over four million dollars to projects that help endangered species, assist in reintroduction efforts of sensitive species, support the popular Outdoor Wildlife Learning Sites program at schools, and hundreds of other nongame conservation projects.

US Fish & Wildlife Service logo U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Region 6, Migratory Bird Program - As the principal federal agency charged with protecting migratory birds we work with partners to maintain healthy populations of birds. Guided by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and other bird conservation laws we promote bird conservation within the Great Plains and neighboring states and regions. Through direction provided by North American Waterbird Conservation Plan, we develop and participate in regional, national and international waterbird monitoring, assessment, habitat conservation and education and outreach.
Visit the following websites to learn more about our programs:
http://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/ and www.waterbirdconservation.org

Westar logo- 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