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 (Elymus virginicus) presents a somewhat variable appearance. To identify it quickly, look for a bunchgrass that resembles wheat or rye.
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.
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.
Also known as “nodding wild rye,” Canada wild rye (Elymus canadensis) is an attractive and distinctive species.
To the emigrants of 1845, there was a very simple reason to avoid Kansas, despite its charms, and press on through the perils and difficulties of the trail to Oregon.
The year was 1845. More wagons were clustered around jumping-off points such as St. Joseph and Independence, Missouri, than ever before.
Dyche’s taxidermy collection was shipped off to represent Kansas at the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893. Surprisingly, this move met with a great deal of resistance.
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.