FIELD GUIDES AND REFERENCES

The well-equipped Great Plains ecotourist
will want to add the following to his or her bookshelf!

Most of these titles are published by the University Press of Kansas
and may be purchased from their website or your local bookstore.

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Mammals   Birds   Amphibians & Reptiles   Fish   Insects & Other Invertebrates   Plants 
Geology   Travel   Flint Hills   Canoeing & Kayaking   Hiking   General

Mammals

Bee, James W., Gregory Glass, Robert S. Hoffmann, and Robert R. Patterson
Mammals in Kansas
University of Kansas Museum of Natural History, 1981 - OUT OF PRINT

Burt, William H.
A Field Guide to the Mammals. 3rd ed. Peterson Field Guide Series
Houghton Mifflin, 1998

Murie, Olaus
A Field Guide to Animal Tracks. 2nd ed. Peterson Field Guide Series
Houghton Mifflin, 1998

Birds

Busby, William H. and John L. Zimmerman
Kansas Breeding Bird Atlas
University Press of Kansas, 2001

Dunn, Jon, ed.
Field Guide to the Birds of North America. 3rd ed.
National Geographic Society, 1999

Gress, Bob and Pete Janzen
Guide to Kansas Birds and Birding Hot Spots
University Press of Kansas, 2008

Peterson, Roger Tory
A Field Guide to Eastern Birds: 4th Edition - Peterson Field Guide Series
Houghton Mifflin, 1998

Robbins, Chandler S., et al.
Birds of North America, Revised Edition. Golden Field Guide Series
Golden Press, 2001

Max Thompson, Charles Ely, Bob Gress, Chuck Otte, Sebastian Patti, David Seibel & Eugene Young
Birds of Kansas
University Press of Kansas, 2011

Zimmerman, John
The Birds of Konza: The Avian Ecology of the Tallgrass Prairie
University Press of Kansas, 1993

Zimmerman, John T., and Sebastian T. Patti
A Guide to Bird Finding in Kansas and Western Missouri
University Press of Kansas, 1988

Amphibians and Reptiles

Caldwell, Janalee, and Joseph Collins.
Turtles in Kansas.
University of Kansas Museum of Natural History, 1981.

Collins, Joseph T.
Amphibians and Reptiles in Kansas. 3rd ed.
University of Kansas Museum of Natural History, 1993

Collins, Joseph T., and Suzanne L. Collins
Reptiles and Amphibians of the Cimarron National Grasslands. Morton County, Kans
United States Forest Service, 1991

Conant, Roger, and Joseph Collins
A Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians: Eastern and Central North America.
Peterson Field Guide Series
Houghton Mifflin, 1998

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Fish

Cross, Frank, and Joseph Collins
Fishes in Kansas
University of Kansas Museum of Natural History, 1975

Tomelleri, Joseph R., and Mark E. Eberle
Fishes of the Central United States
University Press of Kansas, 1990

Insects and other invertebrates

Borror, Donald J., and Richard E. White
A Field Guide to the Insects of America North north of Mexico.
Peterson Field Guide Series
Houghton Mifflin, 1998

Charles A., Marvin D. Schwilling, and Marvin E. Rolfs
An Annotated List or the Butterflies of Kansas
Fort Hays, Kans.: Fort Hays State University, 1986

Dunkel, Sidney
Dragonflies Through Binoculars : A Field Guide to Dragonflies of North America
Oxford University Press, 2000

Glassberg, Jeffrey
- Butterflies Through Binoculars : The East
  Oxford University Press, 1999

- Butterflies Through Binoculars : The West
  Oxford University Press, 2001

Heitzman, Richard, and Joan Heitzman
Butterflies and Moths of Missouri
Missouri Department of Conservation, 1996

Kansas Biological Survey
Guide to the Freshwater Invertebrates of the Midwest
University Press of Kansas, 1985

Kansas School Naturalist
This excellent periodical publication from Emporia State University has many interesting titles.
Most of the recent ones are available as downloads from their website, where you may also order print versions of all past issues or subscribe to the publication.

Schwilling, Marvin D., and Charles A. Ely
Kansas School Naturalist Checklist of Kansas Butterflies
Emporia, KS. Emporia State University, 1991

White, Stephan and Glenn Salsbury
Insects in Kansas
Kansas Department of Agriculture & K-State Extension Service, 2000
$25, To order, call (785) 532-5830 or e-mail orderpub@lists.oznet.ksu.edu or check with any Kansas county extension office.  This is THE BEST regional insect reference guide in North America, bar none!

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Plants

Bare, Janet
Wildflowers and Weeds of Kansas
University Press of Kansas, 1979 - OUT OF PRINT

Barkley, T. M.
Field Guide to the Common Weeds of Kansas
University Press of Kansas, 1983

Barnard, Iralee
A Pocket Guide to Kansas Flint Hills Wildflowers and Grasses
Friends of the Great Plains Nature Center, 2010
Read it online at The Meadow

Davis, Linda W.
Weed Seeds of the Great Plains: A Handbook for Identification
University Press of Kansas, 1993

Freeman, Craig C., and Eileen K. Schofield
Roadside Wildflowers of the Southern Great Plains
University Press of Kansas, 1991

Haddock, Michael
Wildflowers and Grasses of Kansas: A Field Guide
University Press of Kansas, 2005
Visit Mike's website

Kindscher, Kelly
- Edible Wild Plants or the Prairie: An Ethnobotanical Guide
University Press of Kansas, 1987

- Medicinal Wild Plants orthe Prairie: An Ethnobotanical Guide
University Press of Kansas, 1992

Ohlenbusch, Paul D., Elizabeth P. Hodges, and Susan Pope
Range Grasses of Kansas
Kansas Cooperative Extension Services, July 1983. Publication C-567 (1 meg pdf file)

Owensby, Clenton
Kansas Prairie Wildflowers
Manhattan: KS Publishing Inc., 2004

Stephens, H. A.
Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines in Kansas
University Press of Kansas, 1969

Fungi

Horn, Bruce, Richard Kay, and Dean Abel
A Guide to Kansas Mushrooms
University Press of Kansas, 1993

Flint Hills

Barnard, Iralee
A Pocket Guide to Kansas Flint Hills Wildflowers and Grasses
Friends of the Great Plains Nature Center, 2010
Read it online at The Meadow

Hoots, Greg A.
Images of America: Flint Hills
Arcadia Publications, 2011

Hoy, Jim
Flint Hills Cowboys: Tales from the Tallgrass Prairie
University Press of Kansas, 2010

Felden, Mark and Hoy, Jim
The Flint Hills
Konza Press, 2012

Least Heat Moon, William
Prairyerth (A Deep Map): An Epic History of the Tallgrass Prairie Country
Mariner Books, 1999

Reichman, 0. J
Konza Prairie: A Tallgrass Natural History
University Press of Kansas, 1987

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Geology

Buchanan, Rex, ed.
Kansas Geology: An Introduction to Landscape, Rocks, Minerals, and Fossils: 2nd Edition Revised
University Press of Kansas, 2010

Buchanan, Rex C. and James R. McCauley
Roadside Kansas: A Travelerís Guide to Its Geology and Landmarks. Second Edition, Revised and Updated

University Press of Kansas, 2010

Evans, Catherine
From Sea to Prairie, A Primer of Kansas Geology
Available online, and also in print. (Order info on the same website.)

Everhart, Mike
Oceans of Kansas: A Natural History of the Western Interior Sea
Oceans of Kansas website
Indiana University Press, 2005

Liggett, G. A.
Dinosaurs to Dung Beetles: Expeditions Through Time;
Guide to the Sternberg Museum of Natural History

Sternberg Museum, 2001

Muilenburg, Grace, and Ada Swineford
Land of the Post Rock: Its Origins, History, and People
University Press of Kansas, 1975

Rogers, Katherine
The Sternberg Fossil Hunters: A Dinosaur Dynasty
Mountain Press Publishing Company, 1999

Wilson, Frank
Kansas Landscapes: A Geologic Diary
Kansas Geological Survey, Educational Series 5, 1978

Travel

Buchanan, Rex C. and James R. McCauley
Roadside Kansas: A Travelerís Guide to Its Geology and Landmarks. Second Edition, Revised and Updated

University Press of Kansas, 2010

Gress, Bob and George Potts
Watching Kansas Wildlife: A Guide to 101 Sites
University Press of Kansas, 1993

Harper, Steve
83,000 Square Miles: No Lines, No Waiting
Wichita Eagle and Beacon Publishing, 1990

Knapp, Andy
Mountain Bike! - The Great Plains States
Birmingham: Menasha Ridge Press, 1996

Penner, Marci
Kansas Guidebook for Explorers
Inman, Kansas: Kansas Sampler Foundation, 2005

Shortridge, James R.
Kaw Valley Landscapes: A Traveler's Guide to Northeastern Kansas
University Press of Kansas, 1988

Winckler, Suzanne
The Smithsonian Guides to Natural America:
The Heartland • Illinois • Iowa • Nebraska • Kansas • Missouri
Smithsonian Books, 1997

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Hiking

Hauber, Catherine M.,  Maps by John W. Young
Hiking Guide to Kansas
University Press of Kansas, 1999

Canoeing and Kayaking

Murphy, Dave
Paddling Kansas
Trail's Press
, 2008

General

Collins, Joseph T., Bob Gress, Gerald Wiens, and Suzanne L. Collins
Kansas Wildlife
University Press of Kansas, 1991

Collins, Joseph T., Suzanne L. Collins, Bob Gress
Kansas Wetlands: A Wildlife Treasury.
University Press of Kansas, 1994

Collins, Joseph T., Suzanne L. Collins, Jerry Horak,
Dan Mulhern, William Busby, Craig C. Freeman, and Gary Wallace
An Illustrated Guide to Endangered or Threatened Species in Kansas
University Press of Kansas, 1995.

Collins, Joseph T., ed.
Natural Kansas
University Press of Kansas, 1985 - OUT OF PRINT

Johnsgard, Paul and Bob Gress
Faces of the Great Plains, Prairie Wildlife
University Press of Kansas, 2003

Potts, George D., and Joseph T. Collins
A Checklist of the Vertebrate Animals of Kansas, 2nd edition
University of Kansas Museum of Natural History, 2000

Reichman, O. J. and Steve Mulligan
Living Landscapes of Kansas
University Press of Kansas, 1995

Zimmerman, John
Cheyenne Bottoms: Wetland in Jeopardy
University Press of Kansas, 1990

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