Diversity of Fishes in Kansas Streams

When people are thinking of places that they might like to try fishing, Kansas usually isn't anywhere near the top of that list. They might think that Kansas only has the typical sport fish that they can catch just about anywhere. While this is true, there are lots of other fish species that occur in... Continue Reading →

Wildlife at the Water Points

4 August, 2019 This past week I was able to assist my wife in running from Marysville, Kansas to Beatrice, Nebraska along a trail that runs along the Big Blue River. I help by stopping at the trailheads in towns that are about 6-8 miles apart by trail and waiting for her to show up... Continue Reading →

Field Season Wrap-up

28 July, 2019 I want to thank everybody for being patient with me while I finished up my summer field work. As I mentioned in the Back Porch Birding Podcast, this post will be quite special. It will have the most photography that I have ever shared in a single post, but before the photos... Continue Reading →

Playing Catch-up

23 June, 2019 I apologize for the long absence, I have been very busy these last few weeks with field work. It's hard to get everything done that needs to be when you only get one day off. Not all of the pictures in this post are from the past week, but may be from... Continue Reading →

Week One Update

26 May, 2019 I am currently working for Emporia State University doing field work for a research project. While I am here, blog posts will just be weekly updates through photos of nests, birds, and other wonderful wildlife that we find while on the job. All nests are ones that I have found. American Robin... Continue Reading →

Let the Nesting Begin

19 May, 2019 It's finally here! The moment we've all been waiting for! Nesting time is finally here! I've begun to notice a few bird species nesting in and around my yard this past week. The first nest that I found was a Red-bellied Woodpecker ( ). It is right outside the door of my... Continue Reading →

GBD Non-Birds

12 May, 2019 Last week I told you all about the birds that I saw on my Global Big Day (GBD). This week I thought it would be fun for me to tell you about the non-avian animal that I saw while birding. After-all, this is a blog about being a naturalist and not just... Continue Reading →

4 May, 2019

One Week, Two Big Days This week has been an amazing week in birding here in Kansas, especially for students taking ornithology at Kansas State University. On Tuesday we had the big day competition for our class. Saturday was also the global big day. Two big days in one week, crazy! For those who don't... Continue Reading →

28 April, 2019

A Weekend Trip to the Flint Hills For Easter weekend, my dad came down to Kansas for a visit. He arrived on Thursday night and I had quite the wildlife adventure planned for us. On Friday, we were to go to the Konza Prairie and view the bison. Saturday the plan was to do some... Continue Reading →

21 April, 2019

A Wetland Adventure If you are following this blog and also listen to the Back Porch Birding podcast, you may already know that I recently went on a class trip to the Cheyenne Bottoms wetland area and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge. It was a super exciting time where we got to view some really amazing... Continue Reading →

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