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Birds of Kansas Field Guide

By Stan Tekiela

Adventure Publications Inc.
Paperback (300 pages)

Birds of Kansas Field Guide
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Make bird watching in Kansas even more enjoyable! With Stan Tekiela's famous field guide, bird identification is simple and informative. There's no need to look through dozens of photos of birds that don't live in Kansas. This book features 115 species of Kansas birds, organized by color for ease of use. Do you see a yellow bird and don't know what it is? Go to the yellow section to find out. Fact-filled information, a compare feature, range maps and detailed photographs help to ensure that you positively identify the birds that you see.

Kansas Nature Set: Field Guides to Wildlife, Birds, Trees & Wildflowers of Kansas

By James Kavanagh

Waterford Press
Paperback (36 pages)

Kansas Nature Set: Field Guides to Wildlife, Birds, Trees & Wildflowers of Kansas
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The Kansas Nature Set offers the best in wildlife and plant identification for The Sunflower State. The set includes three Pocket Naturalist Guides to Kansas – Trees & Wildflowers, Birds, and Wildlife – and is attractively packaged in a acetate bag. The beautifully illustrated folding guides highlight well over 300 familiar and unique species and include ecoregion maps featuring prominent wildlife-viewing areas and botanical sanctuaries. Laminated for durability, Pocket Naturalist Guides are lightweight, pocket-sized sources of portable information and ideal for field use by novices and experts alike. Made in the USA.

Kansas (U.S.A. Travel Guides)

By Ann Heinrichs

Child's World
Library Binding (40 pages)

Kansas (U.S.A. Travel Guides)
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From Monument Rocks, badlands, and plains to cowboys in Dodge City, there's lots to see and do in Kansas! Additional features include maps on each spread, state symbols, famous people, fact bubbles, and informative captions that highlight some of the things that make Kansas special. A table of contents, sources for further research, a phonetic glossary, and an index support readers and extend learning.

Kansas Off the Beaten Path®: A Guide To Unique Places (Off the Beaten Path Series)

By Patti DeLano

Brand: GPP Travel
Paperback (240 pages)

Kansas Off the Beaten Path®: A Guide To Unique Places (Off the Beaten Path Series)
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Kansas Off the Beaten Path features the things travelers and locals want to see and experience––if only they knew about them. From the best in local dining to quirky cultural tidbits to hidden attractions, unique finds, and unusual locales, Kansas Off the Beaten Path takes the reader down the road less traveled and reveals a side of Kansas that other guidebooks just don't offer.

Field Guide to the Common Grasses of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska

By Iralee Barnard

University Press of Kansas
Paperback (256 pages)

Field Guide to the Common Grasses of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska
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Once covered by wild grasses, America's heartland is by nature a grassland, populated with plants whose ecological importance, practical value, and subtle beauty we are only now beginning to comprehend. Of the 3,000 species of wild plants in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska, in the heart of the heartland, only two of every ten are grasses, and in some prairies just one or two of these can account for 80 to 90 percent of the ground cover. It is these major wild grasses, the native and the naturalized, that this field guide covers, as well as some not found in such large numbers but nonetheless widespread and easily noticed.

From the more familiar (like big bluestem, little bluestem, Indiangrass, switchgrass, buffalograss, sideoats grama, and blue grama) to the less recognized (such as ticklegrass, rice cutgrass, and prairie wedgegrass), from the weedy to the desirable, each of the seventy species profiled in these pages appears in full-color, its fundamental characteristics clearly identifiable by novice and expert alike: flowers and seed heads, leaf details with size comparisons, and whole mature plant pictures.

Though of ever broadening interest—to ranchers, gardeners, naturalists, and restorers of prairies and native landscapes—grasses are notoriously tricky to identify. A number of features of this guide make the task considerably easier. A handy system of "finding lists," allows a user to navigate quickly to identification of an unknown grass. Descriptions, written in clear and easily understood terms, focus on the primary characteristics of each species and are accompanied by distribution maps. And an illustrated glossary, leaf comparison section, and table of grass flowering dates provide additional information and opportunities for recognizing and appreciating various species.

Putting these plants into ecological and cultural context, botanist and grass specialist Iralee Barnard gives readers, whether curious amateur, passionate naturalist, or professional, a new way of understanding the grasses of America's prairies and plains, including their plant structures and adaptations, their natural history, ecological associations, and cultural importance.

Compact Guide to Kansas Birds (Lone Pine Guide)

By Ted Cable & Krista Kagume

Ted Cable
Paperback (240 pages)

Compact Guide to Kansas Birds (Lone Pine Guide)
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This book gives detailed accounts of 105 species of birds that can be expected in Kansas on an annual basis. As well as showing the identifying features of the bird, each species account also describes the bird's character traits. Information includes key identification markers, size, voice, status, habitat, nesting and illustrations of similar birds. Each account also includes a full-color illustration of the species and a range map.

Kansas Trail Guide: The Best Hiking, Biking, and Riding in the Sunflower State

By Jonathan M. Conard

Conard Jonathan M
Released: 2015-05-08
Paperback (304 pages)

Kansas Trail Guide: The Best Hiking, Biking, and Riding in the Sunflower State
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  • Kansas Trail Guide The Best Hiking Biking and Riding in the Sunflower State
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From the windswept plains to the majestic Flint Hills, the subtle beauty of the Sunflower State is best appreciated from its myriad wide-ranging trails. And whether you’re an avid hiker or desultory explorer, a bicyclist or horseback rider, this book makes a most congenial guide. An invaluable companion for exploring new trails or learning about accustomed routes, this comprehensive guide will tell you all you need to know (as well as what it might surprise you to learn) about the trails that crisscross Kansas—history and geography, wildlife and scenery, park locations and cultural possibilities, and, now and then, even a bit of geology and botany.

The illustrated guide includes detailed full-color maps, GPS coordinates, and, of course, extensive route descriptions—through historic sights and prairies and state parks, to lakes and rivers and wildlife refuges. The authors identify the best trails for families or going solo; for running or hiking, biking or horseback riding; for hunting wildflowers, encountering wildlife, enjoying scenic vistas, or exploring Kansas history. They also include helpful descriptions of flora and fauna, and historical highlights for each area. Concise, complete, and engaging, this is the guide anyone journeying the trails of Kansas, seasoned hiker and armchair traveler alike, should not be without.

Insiders' Guide® to Kansas City (Insiders' Guide Series)

By Katie Van Luchene

Van Luchene, Katie
Paperback (272 pages)

Insiders  Guide® to Kansas City (Insiders  Guide Series)
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Insiders' Guide to Kansas City, 4th is the essential source for in-depth travel and relocation information to this beautiful city. Written by a true insider, it offers a personal and practical perspective of Kansas City and its surrounding environs. 

Edible Wild Plants of the Prairie: An Ethnobotanical Guide

By Kelly Kindscher

Univ Pr of Kansas
Paperback (288 pages)

Edible Wild Plants of the Prairie: An Ethnobotanical Guide
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The Plains Indians found medicinal value in more than two hundred species of native prairie plants. Unfortunately, modern American culture has not paid much attention.

White settlers did learn a few plant-based remedies from the Indians, and a few prairie plants were prescribed by frontier doctors. A couple dozen prairie species were listed as drugs in the U.S. Pharmacopeia at one time or another, and one or two, like the Purple Coneflower, found their way into the bottles of patent medicine.

But in both the number of species used and the varieties of treatments administered, Indians were far more proficient than white settlers. Their familiarity with the plants of the prairie was comprehensive—there probably were Indian names for all prairie plants, and they recognized more varieties of some species than scientists do today. Their knowledge was refined and exact enough that they could successfully administer medicinal doses of plants that are poisonous. All of the species used by frontier doctors were used first by Indians.

In Medicinal Plants of the Prairie, ethnobotanist Kelly Kindscher documents the medicinal use of 203 native prairie plants by the Plains Indians. Using information gleaned from archival materials, interviews, and fieldwork, Kindscher describes plant-based treatments for ailments ranging from hyperactivity to syphilis, from arthritis to worms. He also explains the use of internal and external medications, smoke treatments, moxa (the burning of a medicinal substance on the skin), and the doctrine of signatures (the belief that the form or characteristics of a plant are signatures or signs that reveal its medicinal uses). He adds information on recent pharmacological findings to further illuminate the medicinal nature of these plants.

Not since 1919 has the ethnobotany of native Great Plains plants been examined so thoroughly. Kindscher's study is the first to encompass the entire Prairie Bioregion, a one-million-square-mile area bounded by Texas on the south, Canada on the north, the Rocky Mountains on the west, and the deciduous forests of Missouri, Indiana, and Wisconsin in the east. Along with information on the medicinal uses of prairie plants by the Indians, Kindscher also lists Indian, common, and scientific names and describes Anglo folk uses, medical uses, scientific research, and cultivation. Descriptions of the plants are supplemented by 44 exquisite line drawings and over 100 range maps.

This book will help increase appreciation for prairie plants at a time when prairies and their biodiversity urgently need protection throughout the region.

Explorer's Guide Kansas (Explorer's Complete)

By Lisa Waterman Gray

Brand: Countryman Press
Released: 2011-06-06
Paperback (416 pages)

Explorer s Guide Kansas (Explorer s Complete)
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With Explorer’s Guides, expert authors and helpful icons make it easy to locate places of extra value, family-friendly activities, and excellent restaurants and lodgings. Regional and city maps help you get around and What’s Where provides a quick reference on everything from tourist attractions to off-the-beaten-track sites.

Along with Amish farms, rolling countryside, and interesting history, Kansas offers rodeos, powwows, pancake races, Renaissance fairs, and spinach festivals. Kansas is known for wheat, cattle, and wide-open spaces, but it also has day spas, boutique hotels, museums, concerts, and vital urban scenes. There’s a lot to see and do here; with an insider guiding you, you can expect extras, like a detailed look at the exciting cultural centers of eastern Kansas, with their fine restaurants, nightlife, and art. There really is no place like Kansas! Black-and-white photographs and maps throughout


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