Wood Duck

The gaudy male wood duck (Aix sponsa) is a sight not readily forgotten. Its head shines an iridescent green, except where crossed by bold white lines on the crest or extending in a U shape from the throat. Its eyes are bright red, while its bill is an interesting combination of yellow, red, white, and…… Continue reading Wood Duck

Fulvous Whistling-Duck

Although it’s called a duck, the fulvous whistling-duck (Dendrocygna bicolor) is remarkably gooselike, with its large body and long, gangling legs and neck.  On the other hand, it is far more striking in appearance than many geese.  Most of its body is a tawny cinnamon color (fulvous), contrasting with a black stripe running down the…… Continue reading Fulvous Whistling-Duck

5 Gifts for Birdwatchers

Is there a special birdwatcher in your life? You know, that person who never travels without binoculars and who remembers a location by that rare bird he added to his life list while visiting? Here are a few ways to bring a smile to his face this Christmas: Backyard Bird Feeder’s Bible: Every birdwatcher needs…… Continue reading 5 Gifts for Birdwatchers

Black-Bellied Whistling-Duck

Even though it’s called a duck, the black-bellied whistling-duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis) is built more like a goose, with its tall stature enhanced by a particularly long neck and pair of legs.  Both males and females are strikingly patterned.  Their bodies are rusty chestnut overall, accented with black on the belly, flanks, and rump.  Their faces…… Continue reading Black-Bellied Whistling-Duck

Get Ready for September 2016

Are you ready for fall?  Spend a little time watching the birds, caring for the animals, and stocking the pantry. Invest in a dog owner’s home veterinary handbook.Feed your backyard birds.Discover why people built round barns.Stock up for the winter.Learn about pH.Weigh the pros and cons of draft animals.Explore the K-State weather data library.Open up…… Continue reading Get Ready for September 2016

Get Ready for July 2016

Summer can be very busy, but don’t forget to learn and brainstorm.  Spend some time enjoying nature, researching animals, and growing healthy plants. Brush up on your birdwatching vocabulary. Discover how wood type affects the sound of your guitar. Explore the 11 physiographic regions of Kansas. Learn about rare and popular breeds of livestock. Consider…… Continue reading Get Ready for July 2016

Get Ready for June 2016

June is just around the corner. Take some time to sharpen your knowledge of farming, music, crafts, and history. Find out how glyphosate-resistant crops work.Brush up on your mandolin technique.Teach your kids how to knit on those rainy days.Discover the story of the Stetson hat.Make a strawberry shortcake.Collect five things every beginning charcoal artist needs.Consider…… Continue reading Get Ready for June 2016

5 Steps to Birdwatching Expertise

Every truly dedicated birdwatcher wants to perfect the art of bird identification. He wants to be able to look out the window and say with complete confidence, “Yes, that’s a female Prothonotary Warbler. Rare in these parts.” So how do you master your craft? Take heart! There’s no magic formula or special talent needed to…… Continue reading 5 Steps to Birdwatching Expertise

Get Ready for March 2016

Get ready for spring!  It’s time to plan new projects, start a garden, and get outside to enjoy nature. Start a new garden or orchard. Plan your farm water system. Take on the 5-minute brainstorming challenge. Learn more about growing your favorite vegetables. Learn about the breeding birds of Kansas. Start a farm journal. Find…… Continue reading Get Ready for March 2016