<div>Bison </div><div>The Bison is the only native member of its family in Kansas.</div><div><br></div> kufs.ku.edu Bovids (Family Bovidae)
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">The Real Jurassic Park: Western Interior Seaway</span></div><div><br></div><div>Brian Switek takes us 95 million years back in time to stand on the ocean floor of the Real Jurassic Park, the Western Interior Seaway, where Utah sits today...</div><div><br></div> youtu.be Brian Switek takes us 95 million years back in time to stand on the ocean floor of the Real Jurassic Park, the Western Interior Seaway, where Utah sits today...
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Blue Jay</span></div><div><br></div><div>This common, large songbird is familiar to many people, with its perky crest; blue, white, and black plumage; and noisy calls. Blue Jays are known for their intelligence and complex social systems with tight family bonds. Their fondness for acorns is credited with helping spread oak trees after the last glacial period.</div><div><br></div> www.allaboutbirds.org Learn how to identify Blue Jay, its life history, cool facts, sounds and calls, and watch videos. This common, large songbird is familiar to many people, with its perky crest; blue, white, and black plumage; and noisy calls. Blue Jays are known for their intelligence and complex social systems with tight family bonds. Their fondness for acorns is credited with helping spread oak trees after the last glacial period.
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Red-winged Blackbird</span></div><div><br></div><div>One of the most abundant birds across North America, and one of the most boldly colored, the Red-winged Blackbird is a familiar sight atop cattails, along soggy roadsides, and on telephone wires. Glossy-black males have scarlet-and-yellow shoulder patches they can puff up or hide depending on how confident they feel. Females are a subdued, streaky brown, almost like a large, dark sparrow. In the North, their early arrival and tumbling song are happy indications of the return of spring.</div><div><br></div> www.allaboutbirds.org Learn how to identify Red-winged Blackbird, its life history, cool facts, sounds and calls, and watch videos. One of the most abundant birds across North America, and one of the most boldly colored, the Red-winged Blackbird is a familiar sight atop cattails, along soggy roadsides, and on telephone wires. Glossy-black males have scarlet-and-yellow shoulder patches they can puff up or hide depending on how confident they feel. Females are a subdued, streaky brown, almost like a large, dark sparrow. In the North, their early arrival and tumbling song are happy indications of the return of spring.
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Wild Turkey</span></div><div><br></div><div>Most North American kids learn turkey identification early, by tracing outlines of their hands to make Thanksgiving cards. These big, spectacular birds are an increasingly common sight the rest of the year, too, as flocks stride around woods and clearings like miniature dinosaurs. Courting males puff themselves into feathery balls and fill the air with exuberant gobbling. The Wild Turkey’s popularity at the table led to a drastic decline in numbers, but they have recovered and now occur in every state except Alaska.</div><div><br></div> www.allaboutbirds.org Learn how to identify Wild Turkey, its life history, cool facts, sounds and calls, and watch videos. Most North American kids learn turkey identification early, by tracing outlines of their hands to make Thanksgiving cards. These big, spectacular birds are an increasingly common sight the rest of the year, too, as flocks stride around woods and clearings like miniature dinosaurs. Courting males puff themselves into feathery balls and fill the air with exuberant gobbling. The Wild Turkey’s popularity at the table led to a drastic decline in numbers, but they have recovered and now occur in every state except Alaska.
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Dickcissel</span></div><div><br></div><div>A sparrow-like bird of the prairie grasslands of the United States, the Dickcissel congregates in huge flocks in migration and on its tropical grassland wintering grounds. The breeding male is colored like a tiny meadowlark, with a black "V" on a yellow chest.</div><div><br></div> www.allaboutbirds.org Learn how to identify Dickcissel, its life history, cool facts, sounds and calls, and watch videos. A sparrow-like bird of the prairie grasslands of the United States, the Dickcissel congregates in huge flocks in migration and on its tropical grassland wintering grounds. The breeding male is colored like a tiny meadowlark, with a black "V" on a yellow chest.
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Red-tailed Hawk</span></div><div><br></div><div>This is probably the most common hawk in North America. If you’ve got sharp eyes you’ll see several individuals on almost any long car ride, anywhere. Red-tailed Hawks soar above open fields, slowly turning circles on their broad, rounded wings. Other times you’ll see them atop telephone poles, eyes fixed on the ground to catch the movements of a vole or a rabbit, or simply waiting out cold weather before climbing a thermal updraft into the sky.</div><div><br></div> www.allaboutbirds.org Learn how to identify Red-tailed Hawk, its life history, cool facts, sounds and calls, and watch videos. This is probably the most common hawk in North America. If you’ve got sharp eyes you’ll see several individuals on almost any long car ride, anywhere. Red-tailed Hawks soar above open fields, slowly turning circles on their broad, rounded wings. Other times you’ll see them atop telephone poles, eyes fixed on the ground to catch the movements of a vole or a rabbit, or simply waiting out cold weather before climbing a thermal updraft into the sky.
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Northern Cardinal</span></div><div><br></div><div>The male Northern Cardinal is perhaps responsible for getting more people to open up a field guide than any other bird. They’re a perfect combination of familiarity, conspicuousness, and style: a shade of red you can’t take your eyes off. Even the brown females sport a sharp crest and warm red accents. Cardinals don’t migrate and they don’t molt into a dull plumage, so they’re still breathtaking in winter’s snowy backyards. In summer, their sweet whistles are one of the first sounds of the morning.</div><div><br></div> www.allaboutbirds.org Learn how to identify Northern Cardinal, its life history, cool facts, sounds and calls, and watch videos. The male Northern Cardinal is perhaps responsible for getting more people to open up a field guide than any other bird. They’re a perfect combination of familiarity, conspicuousness, and style: a shade of red you can’t take your eyes off. Even the brown females sport a sharp crest and warm red accents. Cardinals don’t migrate and they don’t molt into a dull plumage, so they’re still breathtaking in winter’s snowy backyards. In summer, their sweet whistles are one of the first sounds of the morning.
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Greater Prairie-Chicken</span></div><div><br></div><div>A grouse of open grassland, the Greater Prairie-Chicken is known for its mating dance. Males display together in a communal lek, where they raise ear-like feathers above their heads, inflate orange sacs on the sides of their throats, and stutter-step around while making a deep hooting moan.</div><div><br></div> www.allaboutbirds.org Learn how to identify Greater Prairie-Chicken, its life history, cool facts, sounds and calls, and watch videos. A grouse of open grassland, the Greater Prairie-Chicken is known for its mating dance. Males display together in a communal lek, where they raise ear-like feathers above their heads, inflate orange sacs on the sides of their throats, and stutter-step around while making a deep hooting moan.
<div>Blazing Star - Gayfeather </div><div><br></div><div>Kansas Gayfeather is the statliest of the Liatris species. A field of gayfeather in full bloom will stop you in you tracks. </div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div> dyckarboretum.org  
<div>Butterfly Milkweed</div><div><br></div><div>The King of the Milkweeds! Butterflies love it! One of the most recognizable prairie plants when in bloom.</div><div><br></div><div><br></div> dyckarboretum.org  
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Kansas Oil Boom - American Oil &amp; Gas Historical Society</span></div><div><br></div><div> Community leaders in El Dorado were anxious for the town to live up to its name, especially after natural gas discoveries in several neighboring Kansas towns. It would be oil instead of gas that would do just that when an October 5, 1915, well east of Wichita … Read More</div><div><br></div> aoghs.org   Community leaders in El Dorado were anxious for the town to live up to its name, especially after natural gas discoveries in several neighboring Kansas towns. It would be oil instead of gas that would do just that when an October 5, 1915, well east of Wichita … Read More
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">The Ogallala Aquifer</span></div><div><br></div><div>Farmers in Kansas and other states that sit atop the Ogallala aquifer -- the largest freshwater aquifer in North America -- are pumping out water for crop ir...</div><div><br></div> youtu.be Farmers in Kansas and other states that sit atop the Ogallala aquifer -- the largest freshwater aquifer in North America -- are pumping out water for crop ir...
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Henslow's Sparrow</span></div><div><br></div><div>An uncommon and famously inconspicuous bird, the Henslow's Sparrow breeds in weedy grasslands of the east-central United States. Its population numbers have declined steadily over the past few decades, largely because of habitat loss.</div><div><br></div> www.allaboutbirds.org Learn how to identify Henslow's Sparrow, its life history, cool facts, sounds and calls, and watch videos. An uncommon and famously inconspicuous bird, the Henslow's Sparrow breeds in weedy grasslands of the east-central United States. Its population numbers have declined steadily over the past few decades, largely because of habitat loss.
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Kansas Wildflowers and Grasses - Compass plant</span></div><div><br></div> kswildflower.org Kansas Wildflowers and Grasses - Compass plant
<div>Coyote</div><div><br></div><div>Coyotes are the largest native canid now found in Kansas. </div><div><br></div> kufs.ku.edu Dogs (Family Canidae)
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Eastern Tiger Swallowtail </span></div><div><br></div> www.butterfliesandmoths.org Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Papilio glaucus Linnaeus, 1758 | Butterflies and Moths of North America
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Burrowing Owl</span></div><div><br></div><div>Owls are unmistakable birds, and that goes double for a long-legged owl that hunts on the ground during the day. Burrowing Owls are small, sandy colored owls with bright-yellow eyes. They live underground in burrows they’ve dug themselves or taken over from a prairie dog, ground squirrel, or tortoise. They live in grasslands, deserts, and other open habitats, where they hunt mainly insects and rodents. Their numbers have declined sharply with human alteration of their habitat and the decline of prairie dogs and ground squirrels.</div><div><br></div> www.allaboutbirds.org Learn how to identify Burrowing Owl, its life history, cool facts, sounds and calls, and watch videos. Owls are unmistakable birds, and that goes double for a long-legged owl that hunts on the ground during the day. Burrowing Owls are small, sandy colored owls with bright-yellow eyes. They live underground in burrows they’ve dug themselves or taken over from a prairie dog, ground squirrel, or tortoise. They live in grasslands, deserts, and other open habitats, where they hunt mainly insects and rodents. Their numbers have declined sharply with human alteration of their habitat and the decline of prairie dogs and ground squirrels.
<div>Deer Antler</div><div><br></div><div>White-tailed deer are the smallest of the deer family in Kansas.</div><div><br></div> kufs.ku.edu Deer (Family Cervidae)
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Wild Turkey</span></div><div><br></div><div>Most North American kids learn turkey identification early, by tracing outlines of their hands to make Thanksgiving cards. These big, spectacular birds are an increasingly common sight the rest of the year, too, as flocks stride around woods and clearings like miniature dinosaurs. Courting males puff themselves into feathery balls and fill the air with exuberant gobbling. The Wild Turkey’s popularity at the table led to a drastic decline in numbers, but they have recovered and now occur in every state except Alaska.</div><div><br></div> www.allaboutbirds.org Learn how to identify Wild Turkey, its life history, cool facts, sounds and calls, and watch videos. Most North American kids learn turkey identification early, by tracing outlines of their hands to make Thanksgiving cards. These big, spectacular birds are an increasingly common sight the rest of the year, too, as flocks stride around woods and clearings like miniature dinosaurs. Courting males puff themselves into feathery balls and fill the air with exuberant gobbling. The Wild Turkey’s popularity at the table led to a drastic decline in numbers, but they have recovered and now occur in every state except Alaska.
<div>Echinacea - Purple Coneflower</div><div><br></div><div>This plant is one of the most popular native perennial because it is showy and easy to grow. </div> dyckarboretum.org  
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Western Meadowlark</span></div><div><br></div><div>The buoyant, flutelike melody of the Western Meadowlark ringing out across a field can brighten anyone’s day. Meadowlarks are often more easily heard than seen, unless you spot a male singing from a fence post. This colorful member of the blackbird family flashes a vibrant yellow breast crossed by a distinctive, black, V-shaped band. Look and listen for these stout ground feeders in grasslands, meadows, pastures, and along marsh edges throughout the West and Midwest, where flocks strut and feed on seeds and insects.</div><div><br></div> www.allaboutbirds.org Learn how to identify Western Meadowlark, its life history, cool facts, sounds and calls, and watch videos. The buoyant, flutelike melody of the Western Meadowlark ringing out across a field can brighten anyone’s day. Meadowlarks are often more easily heard than seen, unless you spot a male singing from a fence post. This colorful member of the blackbird family flashes a vibrant yellow breast crossed by a distinctive, black, V-shaped band. Look and listen for these stout ground feeders in grasslands, meadows, pastures, and along marsh edges throughout the West and Midwest, where flocks strut and feed on seeds and insects.
<div>HONEY BEE</div><div><br></div><div>Honey Bees are among the most beneficial of bugs. </div> beneficialbugs.org HONEY BEE
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Grey-Headed Coneflower - Prairie Coneflower</span></div><div><br></div> kswildflower.org Kansas Wildflowers and Grasses - Prairie coneflower
<div>Crab Spider</div><div><br></div><div><br></div> bugguide.net An online resource devoted to North American insects, spiders and their kin, offering identification, images, and information.
<div>Monarch | Butterflies and Moths of North America</div><div><br></div><div>Adults warm up by basking dorsally (with their wings open and toward the sun).</div> www.butterfliesandmoths.org Monarch Danaus plexippus (Linnaeus, 1758) | Butterflies and Moths of North America
<div>Carrion Beetle</div><div><br></div><div>Carrion beetles are a family of beetles that feed on the bodies of dead and decaying animals. </div> beneficialbugs.org Carrion Beetle
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Western Harvest Mice in Kansas</span></div><div><br></div> www.gpnc.org Western Harvest Mice in Kansas
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Milk Snakes in Kansas</span></div><div><br></div> www.gpnc.org Milk Snakes in Kansas
<div>Fall Field Cricket</div> bugguide.net An online resource devoted to North American insects, spiders and their kin, offering identification, images, and information.
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Grasshopper Sparrow</span></div><div><br></div><div>A furtive bird of open grasslands, the Grasshopper Sparrow takes its name not only from its diet, but also from its insect-like song. It is found during the breeding season across much of the eastern United States and Great Plains, nesting and feeding mostly on the ground.</div><div><br></div> www.allaboutbirds.org Learn how to identify Grasshopper Sparrow, its life history, cool facts, sounds and calls, and watch videos. A furtive bird of open grasslands, the Grasshopper Sparrow takes its name not only from its diet, but also from its insect-like song. It is found during the breeding season across much of the eastern United States and Great Plains, nesting and feeding mostly on the ground.
<div>Common Earthworm | National Geographic</div><div><br></div><div>The reddish-gray-colored common earthworm, often called a night crawler in the United States, is familiar to anyone with a fishing rod or a garden.</div><div><br></div> www.nationalgeographic.com Learn all you wanted to know about common earthworms with pictures, videos, photos, facts, and news from National Geographic.
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Cicada Nymph</span></div><div><br></div> bugguide.net An online resource devoted to North American insects, spiders and their kin, offering identification, images, and information.
<div>Black-tailed Jack Rabbit</div><div><br></div><div>The black-tailed jack rabbit, although referred to as a rabbit, is actually classed as a hare because of its long ears and feet, and precocial young.</div> kufs.ku.edu Hares And Rabbits (Family Leporidae)
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">May Beetle Larve</span></div><div><br></div> entoweb.okstate.edu White Grubs
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Striped skunk</span></div><div><br></div><div>Instantly recognizable, striped skunks are known for their signature coloration and for their ability to emit a strong and pungent odor when upset. They are native to the United States and Canada.</div><div><br></div> nationalzoo.si.edu Instantly recognizable, striped skunks are known for their signature coloration and for their ability to emit a strong and pungent odor when upset. They are native to the United States and Canada.
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Woodhouse Toad </span></div><div><br></div> communityenvironment.unl.edu Woodhouse Toad | Nebraska Extension: Community Environment | University of Nebraska–Lincoln
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Moles (Family Talpidae)</span></div><div><br></div> kufs.ku.edu Moles (Family Talpidae)
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Killdeer</span></div><div><br></div><div>A shorebird you can see without going to the beach, Killdeer are graceful plovers common to lawns, golf courses, athletic fields, and parking lots. These tawny birds run across the ground in spurts, stopping with a jolt every so often to check their progress, or to see if they’ve startled up any insect prey. Their voice, a far-carrying, excited kill-deer, is a common sound even after dark, often given in flight as the bird circles overhead on slender wings.</div><div><br></div> www.allaboutbirds.org Learn how to identify Killdeer, its life history, cool facts, sounds and calls, and watch videos. A shorebird you can see without going to the beach, Killdeer are graceful plovers common to lawns, golf courses, athletic fields, and parking lots. These tawny birds run across the ground in spurts, stopping with a jolt every so often to check their progress, or to see if they’ve startled up any insect prey. Their voice, a far-carrying, excited <em>kill-deer</em>, is a common sound even after dark, often given in flight as the bird circles overhead on slender wings.
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Paper Wasp Bug Information</span></div><div><br></div><div>Paper Wasp - Paper Wasps come in a variety of colors and patterns, but all of them let people know its best to keep a safe distance from a nest.</div><div><br></div> www.insectidentification.org Paper Wasp - Paper Wasps come in a variety of colors and patterns, but all of them let people know its best to keep a safe distance from a nest.
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Red Fox in Kansas</span></div><div><br></div> www.gpnc.org Red Fox in Kansas
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Pocket Gophers (Family Geomyidae)</span></div><div><br></div> kufs.ku.edu Pocket Gophers (Family Geomyidae)
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Antlion &amp; Mayfly Larvae </span></div><div><br></div> bugguide.net An online resource devoted to North American insects, spiders and their kin, offering identification, images, and information.
<div>Raccoon</div><div><br></div><div>The raccoon is a stocky, short-legged, medium-sized carnivore. </div><div><br></div> kufs.ku.edu Procyonids (Family Procyonidae)
<div>Dung Beetle </div><div><br></div><div>More than 450 species of insects can be found in cattle dung in North America. </div><div><br></div> sites.google.com A summary of research activities for K. Floate
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Armadillidium vulgare (pillbug)</span></div><div><br></div> animaldiversity.org Armadillidium vulgare (pillbug)
<div>Monarch Butterfly</div><div><br></div><div>The monarch butterfly is one of the most recognizable species in North America and it’s in trouble.</div><div><br></div> www.fws.gov Web site of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
<div>Once upon a time, this was the Ten-spot(ted) Skimmer, and formerly appeared in most books under that common name. </div> bugguide.net An online resource devoted to North American insects, spiders and their kin, offering identification, images, and information.
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Ornate Box Turtle</span></div><div><br></div> www.gpnc.org Ornate Box Turtle
<div>Whirligig Beetles</div><div><br></div> bugguide.net An online resource devoted to North American insects, spiders and their kin, offering identification, images, and information.
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">LARGEMOUTH BASS</span></div><div><br></div> ksoutdoors.com LARGEMOUTH BASS
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Grasshopper </span></div><div><br></div><div>Grasshopper: Grasshopper, any of a group of jumping insects of the order Orthoptera that are found in a variety of habitats.</div><div><br></div> www.britannica.com Grasshopper: Grasshopper, any of a group of jumping insects of the order Orthoptera that are found in a variety of habitats.
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Pseudacris triseriata (Western Chorus Frog)</span></div><div><br></div> animaldiversity.org Pseudacris triseriata (Western Chorus Frog)
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Pondskaters - Gerridae - Overview - Encyclopedia of Life</span></div><div><br></div> eol.org Pondskaters - Gerridae - Overview - Encyclopedia of Life
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Sea urchin </span></div> wiki.kidzsearch.com Sea urchin Facts for Kids | KidzSearch.com
<div>Painted Turtles</div><div><br></div><div>Painted turtles are brightly marked. </div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div> webapps.fhsu.edu The Kansas Herpetofaunal Atlas began as a small personal project in 1999. A State Wildlife Grant awarded the Sternberg Museum of Natural History, Fort Hays State University, through the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks allowed for additional enhancements and a significant increase in the number of specimen occurrence records. Additional assistance was provided by the Center for North American Herpetology, Kansas Herpetological Society, and with the assistance of many interested individuals. The Atlas continues to be maintained by the authors.
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">American Bullfrog | National Geographic</span></div><div><br></div><div>Get to know the American bullfrog, the giant amphibian with the bull-like bellow, and one of North America’s most widespread frog species.</div><div><br></div> www.nationalgeographic.com Get to know the American bullfrog, the giant amphibian with the bull-like bellow, and one of North America’s most widespread frog species.
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Water scavenger beetle | insect</span></div><div><br></div><div>Water scavenger beetle: Any of the approximately 3,200 species of the predominately aquatic insect superfamily Hydrophiloidea (order Coleoptera). These beetles are found swimming in marshy freshwater...</div><div><br></div> www.britannica.com Water scavenger beetle: Water scavenger beetle, any of the approximately 3,200 species of the predominately aquatic insect superfamily Hydrophiloidea (order Coleoptera). These beetles are found