Peterson Field Guides to Birds

Peterson field guides have been around for many years and are still favorites with nature lovers of all kinds. The bird guides have an especially good reputation, and justly so. What makes the Peterson bird guides so useful? Color plates that point out key differences between similar birds. Plates devoted to special identification challenges, suchContinue reading “Peterson Field Guides to Birds”

Silkville: A Utopian Experiment

More than one utopian dreamer has chosen Kansas as the place to found his grand experiment. A list of state ghost towns would be full of communities founded on some form of idealism—Victoria, the Vegetarian Colony, Silkville…. Silkville? Yes. One of those little towns started out with silk farming as its principal industry. Introducing deContinue reading “Silkville: A Utopian Experiment”

The Guide to Kansas Birds and Birding Hot Spots

Kansas is home to a vast array of beautiful and fascinating birds—470 species, in fact.  If you want to learn more about some of those birds, this guide is a great place to start. The Guide to Kansas Birds and Birding Hot Spots by Bob Gress and Pete Janzen describes 295 of the species you areContinue reading “The Guide to Kansas Birds and Birding Hot Spots”

Carneiro: The Sheep Town

One of the little dead towns of Kansas, just 12 miles east of Ellsworth, bears the name Carneiro (pronounced, “kahr-NAIR-oh”).  Interestingly, the name is Portuguese, not a very common language for place-names in this state, and it means, “sheep” or “mutton.” Now if there is one type of livestock Kansas is typically associated with, itContinue reading “Carneiro: The Sheep Town”