Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

Spring 2006


Published in Great Plains Research 16:1 (Spring 2006). Copyright © 2006 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Used by permission.


Field guides serve multiple purposes. They are windows into the identities and attributes of a subset of biota. At their best they are also primers of patterns of biodiversity, ecological relationships, and conservation issues and serve as entry points for kindling interest in natural sciences and conservation.