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”
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”
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”
If you have a serious interest in the history of Kansas, particularly its settlement, here’s a book you’ll probably refer to again and again.
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”
If you’re inclined to enjoy the company of insects, you’ll probably find plenty of use for this guide!
While it is true that the Plains tribes of Kansas relied heavily on game for food, raising crops was an important part of their life.
Bells, wreaths, bows—you name it, WaKeeney has it. The result is the largest display of Christmas lights between Kansas City and Denver.
Looking for the perfect gift for that storm fanatic in your family? Give him a copy of this handy journal and get him started collecting his own weather data!
The neighbors said it couldn’t be done. Sod Corn Jones said it could. The Kansas sod was tough—tougher than anything the early settlers had ever seen before, thanks to the thick root system of the tallgrass prairie. Many an ox team wore itself out dragging a crude plow through the ground, and many a tiredContinue reading “The Story of Sod Corn Jones”