When seeing the greater scaup (Aythya marila), the overall impression is that of a big, thickset duck.
Switchgrass is one of the dominant plant species of the tallgrass prairie, and it alone accounts for much of the natural soil-building that occurs on native prairies.
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The tufted duck (Aythya fuligula) may at first glance appear to be a ring-necked duck. However, this species has several differentiating characteristics worth noticing.
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 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.
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.