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Published in Great Plains Research 5:1 (February 1995). Copyright © 1995 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


This publication is designed for the novice wildlife watcher and it is a guide to where to go to watch wildlife, not how to identify them. The authors are enthusiastic, and rightfully so, about wildlife in Kansas. There is considerable wildlife diversity throughout the Great Plains yet many people do not know or appreciate this treasure.

The book provides a statewide map showing the physiographic regions and all 101 viewing sites in Kansas. Additionally, there are six maps indicating the locations of sites and highways in that region. Each site description includes directions to the site, its size, ownership, wildlife symbols (quick reference to wildlife occurring on the site), and recreational symbols indicating whether trails, parking, restrooms, etc., are present. Other useful features include the Dynamic Dozen Sites and Dynamic Dozen Wildlife Index which provide useful information on the "can't miss" areas to visit. A page reference helps readers find areas to visit for viewing selected wildlife such as pronghorns or prairie dogs. These are useful features.