The Guide to Kansas Birds and Birding Hot Spots

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Kansas is a bird-watcher's paradise, with its key location at the hub of the hemisphere's migration corridors and exceptional habitat diversity; 470 avian species have been documented within its borders. From spectacularly beautiful birds like Painted Buntings to elegant migrants like Hudsonian Godwits, birders can find abundant rewards every time they take to the field.

The Guide to Kansas Birds and Birding Hot Spots focuses on 295 species that are most likely to be encountered...

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Overview

Kansas is a bird-watcher's paradise, with its key location at the hub of the hemisphere's migration corridors and exceptional habitat diversity; 470 avian species have been documented within its borders. From spectacularly beautiful birds like Painted Buntings to elegant migrants like Hudsonian Godwits, birders can find abundant rewards every time they take to the field.

The Guide to Kansas Birds and Birding Hot Spots focuses on 295 species that are most likely to be encountered in the state. It helps occasional day-trippers or backyard observers identify and learn about birds that regularly occur in Kansas, with stunning color photos that enable those new to the hobby to identify their discoveries, plus tips on where to search for these species with the greatest likelihood of success.

Gress and Janzen have produced an exceptionally well-organized guide that divides birds into 18 groups based on similarity in appearance, habitat, or behavior, following taxonomic order only partially to make identification easier for the beginner. The entry for each bird gives its size, identifying features (including sexual and seasonal distinctions), and where and when it can be found. And each account includes a brilliant color photo of an adult of the species, with additional views of selected birds to illustrate male, female, or juvenile plumages.

The authors point out the best birding locations in the state-more than two dozen hot spots of which they have intimate knowledge—that reflect utterly different bird communities thriving only a few hours apart. They also provide a checklist for all state birds, a calendar of Kansas bird activity, and recommendations for binoculars and other field guides.

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Kenn Kaufman
A wonderful book. Gress and Janzen have national reputations and world-class skills, and you could not ask for better guides to introduce you to the birdlife of the great state of Kansas. (Kenn Kaufman, author of the Kaufman Focus Guides)
Paul Johnsgard
This is a veritable Baedeker for Kansas bird lovers--the text is jammed with useful information, and the color plates are spectacular. (Paul Johnsgard, author of Prairie Birds)
William H. Busby
A delightful and authoritative introduction to Kansas birds with a wealth of information, on how and where to find them. (William H. Busby, coauthor of Kansas Breeding Bird Atlas)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700615650
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 2/8/2008
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 442,306
  • Product dimensions: 5.61 (w) x 8.34 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Bob Gress is director of the Great Plains Nature Center in Wichita and coauthor of Faces of the Great Plains: Prairie Wildlife and Watching Kansas Wildlife: A Guide to 101 Sites. His stunning wildlife photography has appeared in many publications.

Pete Janzen is active in the Kansas Ornithological Society and the Wichita Audubon Society and is author of The Birds of Sedgwick County and Cheney Reservoir, along with numerous articles on Kansas birds.

Kenn Kaufman is author of the popular Kaufman Focus Guides to birds and butterflies in North America and the recipient of the American Birding Association's prestigious Ludlow Griscom Award.

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