A Pocket Guide to Great Plains Shorebirds

The information you will find within
The Peep's Puddle is adapted from the

"Pocket Guide to Great Plains Shorebirds".

This informative booklet was underwritten by the US Fish & Wildlife Service, Division of Migratory Bird Management, the Kansas Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, the Kansas Chickadee Checkoff Program and the Westar Energy Green Team, and published by the Friends of the Great Plains Nature Center.

The co-authors were Suzanne Fellows and Bob Gress.

Suzanne Fellows is a wildlife biologist with the Migratory Bird Division, Region 6, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Bob Gress is the Director of the Great Plains Nature Center and Editor for this Pocket Guide series. His photographs have appeared in a wide variety of magazines and in more than 20 books, including Faces of the Great Plains: Prairie Wildlife, Kansas Wildlife, Watching Kansas Wildlife: A Guide to 101 Sites, Oklahoma Breeding Bird Atlas and The Smithsonian Book of North American Mammals.

Species identification tips were field tested and improved by the experience and suggestions of Brad Andres, Ken Brunson, Chuck Otte, Robert Penner, Mike Rader, Charles Stone, Max Thompson and Eugene Young. Marc Murrell and Lorrie Beck assisted in editing the text.
Shorebird morphology illustrations were provided by Dan Kilby.
Photos were supplied by Jim Burns, Mark Chappell, Bob Gress, William Hull, Peter LaTourette, Judd Patterson, David Seibel, Norman Smith, Glen Tepke and Gerald Wiens.

2006 Great Plains Nature Center

The purpose of the Pocket Guide and the Peep's Puddle is to promote greater understanding and awareness of these unique animals and their importance to the Great Plains environment.

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A Pocket Guide to Great Plains Shorebirds

Pick up your copy of the
Pocket Guide to Great Plains Shorebirds

or any of our other pocket guides
at the Great Plains Nature Center.

Individual copies may be picked up for free
at our front desk.

Copies can be mailed to you for
$3.00 each, postpaid. 
Make your check out to:
"Friends of the GPNC"
and mail it to:
Owl's Nest Gift Shop
Great Plains Nature Center
6232 E. 29th Street N.
Wichita, KS 67220

Be sure to specify which guide(s) you are ordering and include your full mailing address!

Check out the other GPNC Pocket Guides!

The Pocket Guide to Kansas Raptors
is online as the RAPTOR'S ROOST.

The Pocket Guide to Common Kansas Mammals is online as the MAMMAL'S DEN.

The Pocket Guide to Great Plains Waterbirds is online as the SHORELINE.

The Pocket Guide to Kansas Flint Hills Wildflowers and Grasses is online as the MEADOW.

The Pocket Guide to Kansas Threatened and Endangered Species is online as the
KANSAS WILDLIFE REFUGE.

The Pocket Guide to Kansas Snakes
is online as the SNAKE'S BURROW.

The Pocket Guide to Kansas Freshwater Mussels is online as the MUSSEL BED.

The Pocket Guide to Common Kansas Butterflies is available as a pdf download.

The Pocket Guide to Common Kansas Backyard Birds is available as a pdf download.

The Pocket Guide to Kansas Red Hills Wildflowers is available as a pdf download.

This GPNC Pocket Guide was made possible with financial support from the following sponsors:

US FWS logoU.S. Fish & Wildlife Service,
Division of Migratory Bird Management

As the principal federal agency charged with protecting migratory birds we work with partners to maintain healthy populations of migratory birds within the U.S. Guided by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and other bird conservation laws, the Region 6 Migratory Bird Program works to promote bird conservation within the Great Plains and neighboring states. Through direction provided by the U.S. Shorebird Conservation Plan, we develop and participate in regional, national and international shorebird monitoring, assessment and habitat conservation. Our outreach and education initiatives are carried out by the Shorebird Sister Schools Program which links students, communities, scientists and shorebirds along flyways to promote shorebird and habitat conservation. Visit the following websites to learn more about our programs: mountain-prairie.fws.gov, http://www.shorebirdplan.org/ and http://www.fws.gov/sssp/.
Nature Conservancy logoThe mission of The Nature Conservancy is to preserve plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. Via effective and pragmatic solutions, The Nature Conservancy has protected more than 117 million acres of land around the world. In Kansas, the Conservancy has protected more than 71,000 acres of biologically critical, threatened and best remaining examples of the wildlife habitat in the state. For more information, contact The Nature Conservancy in Kansas at 785-233-4400, by email at Kansas@tnc.org or visit our website at www.nature.org/kansas

Chickadee Checkoff logoThe Chickadee Checkoff is a voluntary donation program for nongame projects in Kansas. Taxpayers are able to contribute by assigning any amount they wish on the appropriate line on their Kansas income tax form. Since 1980, the Chickadee Checkoff has distributed over four million dollars to projects that help endangered species, assist in reintroduction efforts of sensitive species, support the popular Outdoor Wildlife Learning Sites program at schools, and hundreds of other nongame conservation projects.

Westar logo- Westar Energy, Inc. is the largest utility in Kansas serving nearly 700,000 customers with about 35,000 miles of transmission and distribution lines. Since 1989, their employees have operated an environmental team. The Green Team members volunteer hours to improve wildlife habitat through wetland creation and restoration and native grass and tree planting. They build bridges and trails and work to protect and reintroduce sensitive plant and animal species. The Green Team can be contacted at 785-575-8125 or at Ben.Postlethwait@Westarenergy.com

GPNC logo The Great Plains Nature Center is a cooperative project between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism and the City of Wichita Department of Park and Recreation. The nature center features the Koch Habitat Hall, Owl’s Nest gift shop, Coleman Auditorium and 2 miles of Chisholm Creek Park nature trails. The Great Plains Nature Center web site Home Page is www.gpnc.org  Please visit or contact us at: Great Plains Nature Center, 6232 East 29th Street North, Wichita, KS 67220, phone: (316) 683-5499.

Follow the tracks!

Peep's Puddle
Text: Suzanne Fellows & Bob Gress
Web Design: Jim Mason

Questions or comments?  Send Email to Jim Mason Spidey
Or write us at: 
Great Plains Nature Center
6232 E. 29th Street North
Wichita, KS 67220-2200             Call:  316-683-5499            Fax:  316-688-9555