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Natural Kansas is your portal to the many
Wildlife Watching opportunities found here in the heart of
the Great Plains of North America

The tremendous natural diversity of the state is a secret only to those who have never been here.

Click on one of the links to the left to begin your exploration or scroll on down this page to learn more about habitat diversity in Kansas.

Birding in Kansas  Whoo are you lookin' at?!

Discover the Flint Hills

Click here for more Wildlife Watching sites in the Flint Hills!The largest expanse of tallgrass prairie left in the world is in eastern Kansas!  Click the icon to learn more about this beautiful region and the many different wildlife viewing sites within it.

The map below shows the many landforms of the state.

Map of the Kansas physiographic provinces

(* The physiographic provinces are not habitat types, but rather landforms distinguished by common landscape features and geological history.  For detailed descriptions of the physiographic provinces, visit the GeoKansas web site maintained by the Kansas Geological Survey.)

bulletEvery type of prairie habitat can be found in Kansas - and the animals and plants that comprise them.   From the vast shortgrass prairies of the High Plains to the largest remaining expanse of tallgrass prairie in the world - the Flint Hills.  Mixed prairies are dominant in the Smoky Hills and Red Hills.
bulletExtensive forested areas may be found in the eastern part of the state in the Osage Cuestas, Glaciated Region and Cherokee Lowlands,
bulletAbout 55 square miles of the Ozark Plateau may be found in the extreme southeast corner.  Clear, rock-bottomed streams such as the Spring River are found here.
bulletKansas has ancient forests of Post Oak and Blackjack Oak in the Chautauqua Hills, which is an extension of the Cross Timbers habitat found mainly in eastern Oklahoma.
bulletExtensive areas of stable sand dunes are found in the Arkansas River Lowlands and occasionally in the Wellington-McPherson Lowlands as well.
bulletKansas has 25 federal reservoirs, 41 state fishing lakes and numerous municipal and local lakes.
bullet467 species of birds are recorded from the state.  More than 800 species of wildflowers grow here.
bulletKansas has a complex of wetlands in the middle of the state that hosts 45% of the spring shorebird migration in North America.

Come see the beauty of Kansas!

- Explore over 100 different sites with great wildlife viewing opportunities.

- Learn about upcoming nature-based events.

- Find out which roads are the most scenic or which sites have the best trails for hiking, horseback riding or mountain biking.

Click here for nature-based tourist businesses in Kansas! - Look for this symbol for businesses offering nature-based lodging and exploration opportunities in Kansas.

- Click here for advice on how to develop your own nature-based business.

Look for the Geocaching links in this website! Look for this icon in the site descriptions and click on it to find nearby Geocaches.

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Look for this icon to find county birding lists for Kansas. Look for this icon in the site descriptions and click on it to find a birding list for that area.

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