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Our Purple Martins
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Season summary for 2000
Martin news for 2001
Martin news for 2002
Martin news for 2003
Martin news for 2004
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        Birds

Canada Goose
Dickcissel
Great Horned Owl
Upland Sandpiper
Western Meadowlark

Fish Amphibians

Barred Tiger Salamander

Reptiles

Ornate Box Turtle

Mammals

Beaver
Bison
Fox Squirrel
Pronghorn

Woody
Plants

Coralberry
Cottonwood
Eastern Red Cedar
Osage Orange
Poison Ivy
Redbud
Sycamore

     Insects

Cicadas
Field Cricket
Honeybee
Cottonwood Borer

   Butterflies
Monarch
Regal Fritillary

   Odonates

Unionid Mussels

Giant Floater
Pistolgrip
Washboard
Western Fanshell
White Heelsplitter

Other
Animals and Plants

Arrowhead
Baldwin's Ironweed
Bush Morning-Glory
Butterfly Milkweed
Carolina Anemone
Evening Primrose
Goldenrod
Plains Wild Indigo
Purple Coneflower
Spiderwort
Sunflower

 

INTERNET VERSIONS OF THE
GPNC POCKET GUIDES

Click here to visit the Raptor's Roost!

Raptor's Roost

Kansas Raptor Rehabilitation
Raptor's and the Law
Falconry in Kansas

A Pocket Guide to Kansas Raptors

Click here to download a pdf version!  PDF version available!

Bald Eagle
Golden Eagle
Osprey
Mississippi Kite
Northern Harrier
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture

Rare Kansas Raptors

Accipiters Cooper's Hawk
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Goshawk
Buteos Red-tailed Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Ferruginous Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Swainson's Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Falcons Peregrine Falcon
Prairie Falcon
American Kestrel
Merlin
Gyrfalcon
Owls Barn Owl

Great Horned Owl
Eastern Screech Owl
Barred Owl
Snowy Owl
Long-eared Owl
Short-Eared Owl
Burrowing Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl

Click here to visit the Mammal's Den!Mammal's Den

Recognizing Mammal Tracks

A Pocket Guide to Common Kansas Mammals

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Marsupials Virginia Opossum
Insectivores Least Shrew
Eastern Mole
Bats Eastern Red Bat
Big Brown Bat
Armadillos Nine-banded Armadillo
Hares & Rabbits Eastern Cottontail
Black-tailed Jackrabbit
Rodents Eastern Chipmunk
Deer Mouse
Woodchuck
American Beaver
Hispid Cotton Rat
Eastern Woodrat
Prairie Vole
Common Muskrat
Hispid Pocket Mouse
Ord's Kangaroo Rat
Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel
Black-tailed Prairie Dog
Eastern Gray Squirrel
Eastern Fox Squirrel
Southern Flying Squirrel
Plains Pocket Gopher
Western Harvest Mouse
North American Porcupine
Northern Grasshopper Mouse
Carnivores Coyote
Swift Fox
Red Fox
Raccoon
American Mink
American Badger
Striped Skunk
Bobcat
Ungulates Wapiti (Elk)
Mule Deer
White-tailed Deer
Pronghorn
American Bison

coverSB.jpg (23616 bytes)Peep's Puddle

Tips on Shorebird Identification

A Pocket Guide to Great Plains Shorebirds

Click here to download a pdf version!  PDF version available!

Plovers

Black-bellied Plover
American Golden-Plover
Snowy Plover
Semipalmated Plover

Piping Plover
Killdeer
Mountain Plover

Stilts & Avocets

Black-necked Stilt American Avocet

Sandpipers

Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Willet
Lesser Yellowlegs
Upland Sandpiper
Whimbrel
Long-billed Curlew
Hudsonian Godwit
Marbled Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Red Knot
Sanderling
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper

Least Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Baird’s Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Dunlin
Stilt Sandpiper
Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Long-billed Dowitcher
Wilson’s Snipe
American Woodcock
Wilson’s Phalarope
Red-necked Phalarope
Red Phalarope

Click here to visit the Snake's Burrow! Snake's Burrow

Basic information about snakebites

A Pocket Guide to Kansas Snakes

Click here to download a pdf version!  PDF version available!

 

Family Leptotyphlopidae
New Mexico Blind Snake

Family Colubridae
Eastern Glossy Snake
Eastern Racer
Prairie Kingsnake
Speckled Kingsnake
Milk Snake
Coachwhip
Rough Green Snake
Smooth Green Snake
Great Plains Rat Snake
Western Rat Snake
Gopher Snake
Longnose Snake
Ground Snake
Flathead Snake
Plains Blackhead Snake

Family Dipsadidae
Western Worm Snake
Ringneck Snake
Western Hognose Snake
Eastern Hognose Snake
Night Snake

Family Natricidae
Plainbelly Water Snake
Diamondback Water Snake
Northern Water Snake
Graham’s Crayfish Snake
Brown Snake
Redbelly Snake
Checkered Garter Snake
Western Ribbon Snake
Plains Garter Snake
Common Garter Snake
Lined Snake
Rough Earth Snake
Smooth Earth Snake

Family Crotalidae
Copperhead
Cottonmouth
Timber Rattlesnake
Prairie Rattlesnake
Massasauga

Click here to visit the Kansas Wildlife Refuge! Kansas Wildlife Refuge

A Pocket Guide to Kansas
Threatened and Endangered Species

Click here to download a pdf version! The Second Edition of the Pocket Guide to Kansas Threatened and Endangered Species is available as a pdf download. Species accounts within the Kansas Wildlife Refuge will be revised with the updated information when time permits.

Plants Running Buffalo Clover
Mead's Milkweed
Western Prairie Fringed Orchid
Invertebrates American Burying Beetle
Scott Optioservus
Riffle Beetle

Flat Floater
Elktoe
Rock Pocketbook
Flutedshell
Rabbitsfoot
Ouachita Kidneyshell
Western Fanshell
Mucket
Ellipse
Butterfly
Neosho Mucket
Delta Hydrobe Snail
Slender Walker Snail
Sharp Hornsnail
Fish Chestnut Lamprey
Pallid Sturgeon

Arkansas River Speckled Chub
Western Silvery Minnow
Sturgeon Chub
Sicklefin Chub
Silver Chub
Redspot Chub
Hornyhead Chub
Arkansas River Shiner
Silverband Shiner
Topeka Shiner
Flathead Chub
Neosho Madtom
Arkansas Darter
Blackside Darter
Amphibians Eastern Newt
Longtail Salamander
Cave Salamander
Many-ribbed Salamander
Grotto Salamander
Green Toad
Spring Peeper
Strecker's Chorus Frog
Green Frog
Eastern Narrowmouth Toad
Reptiles Common Map Turtle
Broadhead Skink
Texas Blind Snake
Longnose Snake
Redbelly Snake
Checkered Garter Snake
Smooth Earth Snake
Birds Whooping Crane
Snowy Plover
Piping Plover
Eskimo Curlew
Least Tern
Black-capped Vireo
Mammals Gray Myotis
Black-footed Ferret
Eastern Spotted Skunk

Click here to visit the Mussel Bed! Mussel Bed

Buttons & Pearls
Anatomy of Unionid Mussels
Reproduction of Unionid Mussels

A Pocket Guide to Kansas Freshwater Mussels

Click here to download a pdf version!  PDF version available!

Subfamily Anodontinae
bulletElktoe
bulletFlat Floater
bulletCylindrical Papershell
bulletRock Pocketbook
bulletWhite Heelsplitter
bulletFlutedshell
bulletFloater
bulletCreeper
bulletPaper Pondshell

Subfamily Ambleminae

bulletThreeridge
bulletPurple Wartyback
bulletSpike
bulletWabash Pigtoe
bulletWashboard
bulletRound Pigtoe
bulletRabbitsfoot
bulletMonkeyface
bulletWartyback
bulletPimpleback
bulletMapleleaf
bulletPistolgrip
bulletPondhorn

Subfamily Lampsilinae

bulletMucket
bulletWestern Fanshell
bulletButterfly
bulletPlain Pocketbook
bulletNeosho Mucket
bulletFatmucket
bulletYellow Sandshell
bulletFragile Papershell
bulletPondmussel
bulletThreehorn Wartyback
bulletPink Heelsplitter
bulletPink Papershell
bulletBleufer
bulletOuachita Kidneyshell
bulletLilliput
bulletFawnsfoot
bulletDeertoe
bulletEllipse

Extirpated Species

bulletSpectaclecase
bulletSlippershell
bulletSnuffbox
bulletCreek Heelsplitter
bulletBlack Sandshell
bulletHickorynut
bulletWinged Mapleleaf
bulletPyramid Pigtoe

Exotic Invasive Mussels

bulletAsiatic Clam
bulletZebra Mussel

Pocket Guide to Great Plains Waterbirds
The Shoreline

A Pocket Guide to
Great Plains Waterbirds

Click here to download a pdf version!  PDF version available!

Loons

Red-throated Loon
Pacific Loon
Common Loon

Grebes

Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Eared Grebe
Western Grebe
Clark’s Grebe

Pelicans, Cormorants & Allies

American White Pelican
Neotropic Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant

Bitterns, Herons, Ibises & Allies

American Bittern
Least Bittern
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Glossy Ibis
White-faced Ibis

Rails, Coots and Cranes

Yellow Rail
Black Rail
King Rail
Virginia Rail
Sora
Common Moorhen
American Coot
Sandhill Crane
Whooping Crane

Gulls, Terns and Jaegers

Bonaparte’s Gull
Franklin’s Gull
Ring-billed Gull
California Gull
Herring Gull
Least Tern
Caspian Tern
Black Tern
Common Tern
Forster’s Tern

Rare Great Plains Waterbirds

Yellow-billed Loon
Brown Pelican
Anhinga
Reddish Egret
White Ibis
Roseate Spoonbill
Wood Stork
Purple Gallinule
Black-legged Kittiwake

Sabine’s Gull
Laughing Gull
Thayer’s Gull
Iceland Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Glaucous Gull
Pomarine Jaeger
Parasitic Jaeger
Long-tailed Jaeger

A Pocket Guide to Flint Hills Wildflowers and Grasses The Meadow

References & Glossary

A Pocket Guide to Kansas
Flint Hills Wildflowers & Grasses

Click here to download a pdf version!  PDF version available!

Blue/Purple

Leadplant
Ground-plum Milk-vetch
Blue Wild-indigo
Wavy-leaf Thistle
Purple Prairie-clover
Dotted Gayfeather
Wild Bergamot Bee-balm
Bread-root Scurf-pea
Wild Alfalfa
Fringe-leaf Ruellia
Blue Sage
Ohio Spiderwort
Western Ironweed

Pink/Red

Illinois Tick-clover
Purple-coneflower
Rose Verbena
Slender Bush-clover
Cardinal Flower
Cat-claw Sensitive-briar
Pink Smartweed

Yellow/Orange

Annual Broomweed
Butterfly Milkweed
Maximilian’s Sunflower
Long-beard Hawkweed
Grooved Flax
Carrot-leaf Wild Celery
Missouri Evening-primrose
Plains Ragwort
Nuttall’s Prairie-parsley
Compass Plant
Missouri Goldenrod

White/Cream

Tuberous Indian-plantain
Heath Aster
Pale Poppy-mallow
New Jersey Tea
Plains Larkspur
Illinois Bundleflower
Wedge-leaf Draba
Flowering Spurge
Snow-on-the-mountain
Long-flower Butterfly-weed
American Licorice
Round-head Bush-clover
Showy Evening-primrose
Cobaea Beardtongue
Prairie Blue-eyed-grass
Narrow-leaf Bluet
Flax-leaf Stenosiphon
Nuttall’s Death-camas

Green/Inconspicuous

Western Ragweed
White Sagewort
Green Antelopehorn

Grasses

Big Bluestem
Switch Grass
Little Bluestem
Indian Grass
Prairie Cordgrass
Eastern Gamma Grass

Sedges

Sericea Lespedeza

bulletCommon Kansas Butterflies Pocket Guide
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bulletCommon Kansas Backyard Birds Pocket Guide
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bulletKansas Red Hills Wildflowers Pocket Guide
bullet Click here to download a pdf version!  PDF version available!
bulletKansas Stream Fishes Pocket Guide
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bulletCommon Kansas Spiders Pocket Guide
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bulletOwl's Nest Gift Shop
bulletJohn Cody artwork
bulletParticipating Agencies
    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
        Kansas Junior Duck Stamp Competition
    Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism
     City of Wichita, Department of Parks and Recreation
        Pawnee Prairie Park Map (viewable)
        Pawnee Prairie Park Map (printable)
bulletFriends of the Great Plains Nature Center
2013 Fall Appeal premiums
Volunteering at the GPNC
Volunteer application form
Scholarships, Grants and Position Announcements
bulletPrairies of the World
bulletKansas Wildlife Exhibit - In Central Riverside Park.  It is the original zoo in Wichita.

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updated May 09, 2017