The sandbur (Cenchrus longispinus) is common through the United States, where it is mostly considered a noxious weed. It may occur in any part of Kansas.

Virginia Wild Rye

Virginia wild rye (Elymus virginicus) presents a somewhat variable appearance. To identify it quickly, look for a bunchgrass that resembles wheat or rye.

Ring-Necked Duck

When you first encounter the male ring-necked duck (Aythya collaris), you may be surprised to find that he has no obvious ring on his neck.

What Really Ended the Cattle Drives?

The end of the cattle drive era was brought about by cattle that better met the needs of the market, plus a rail network that connected ranches with population centers.


The redhead duck (Aythya americana) may at first glance resemble the larger canvasback. However, its appearance is actually quite distinctive.

Canada Wild Rye

Also known as “nodding wild rye,” Canada wild rye (Elymus canadensis) is an attractive and distinctive species.


Once you are familiar with the distinctive characteristics of the male canvasback (Aythya valisineria), you should have no problem identifying it even at a great distance.