Eurasian Wigeon

Although not common in the United States, the Eurasian wigeon has been seen in several Kansas counties.

Gadwall

Identifying the quiet, nondescript gadwall requires a close attention to field marks.

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…

2016 Kansas Election Results

United States President Donald Trump (R): 276 electoral votes Hillary Clinton (D): 218 electoral votes   United States Senate Jerry Moran* (R): 62% of vote Patrick Wiesner (D): 32% Robert Garrard (L): 6%   United States House of Representatives 1st District Roger Marshall (R): 66% Alan LaPolice (I): 26% Kerry Burt (L): 7%   2nd…

Kansas State Parks—Free Download

As the weather warms up, it’s time to get outdoors! Whatever your interest is, Kansas has a state park just right for you. Kansas State Parks, available as a free PDF download from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism, makes it easy to decide which park to tackle first. A map lets you…

Wilson State Park

The proposed location for Wilson Reservoir created unique problems right from the start.  The United States Bureau of Reclamation originally planned to construct the lake to provide water for irrigation in a relatively dry part of Kansas.  However, the dam was to be constructed on the Saline River, named for its high salt content. Since…

Webster State Park

While many Kansas reservoirs were constructed to counteract flooding in the eastern part of the state, some were built to combat drought in the western part.  The area of Webster State Park was settled rapidly during the late 1800s and even the first two decades of the 1900s, but after about 1920 a spell of…

Tuttle Creek State Park

Tuttle Creek Reservoir has the dubious distinction of being one of the most controversial lakes in Kansas history. Tuttle Creek was named for local resident and Mexican–American War veteran Henry Tuttle. A dam on Tuttle Creek was authorized in 1938 by the Flood Control Act, partly as a safety measure, partly as a source of…

Scott State Park

The area of Scott State Park has a particularly rich heritage. It was once the home of the Apache tribe, but various Pueblo Indians fled to its remote expanses to escape the tyranny of the Spaniards of New Mexico. Later it became the home of French troops contesting the right of Spain to the Great…