• Tundra Swan

    America’s most common native swan is the Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus).  This magnificent white bird is smaller than a Trumpeter Swan, its wingspan measuring only six to seven feet. The Tundra Swan has a few unique characteristics about its face.  Its black bill has a somewhat concave slope, while its lores cut across its forehead… Continue Reading…

    Tundra Swan
  • The Railroads and the Homesteaders

    After the Civil War, two notable events took place which changed the nature of Kansas forever: In 1870, the Union Pacific, Eastern Division (also called the Kansas Pacific Railway), reached across the state from Kansas City to Denver. In 1872, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe crossed the western state line. These were grueling projects,… Continue Reading…

    The Railroads and the Homesteaders
  • Body Condition Scoring: Swine

    The body condition scoring (BCS) system for swine is very simple and is based on a five-point scale: Emaciated.  Ribs, spine, and backbone prominent. Thin.  Hips and backbone noticeable to the eye.  Ribs can easily be felt with only slight pressure. Normal.  Animal’s body is tube-shaped.  Hips and backbone can only be felt with firm… Continue Reading…

    Body Condition Scoring: Swine
  • A Field Guide to the Atmosphere

    One of the many interesting things about Kansas is the weather.  You never quite know what to expect here—vivid blue skies, awe-inspiring lightning displays, whirling dust devils, sparkling snow drifts…anything’s possible. If you want to know a little more about how the weather works, consider A Field Guide to the Atmosphere by Vincent J. Schaefer… Continue Reading…

    A Field Guide to the Atmosphere


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