A Pocket Guide to
Kansas Freshwater Mussels

The information within the
Mussel Bed is also found in the

"Pocket Guide to
Kansas Freshwater Mussels"
.

This informative and comprehensive booklet was published by the Friends of the Great Plains Nature Center.  It was underwritten by the Chickadee Checkoff Program and the Westar Energy Green Team.

The co-authors were Edwin J. Miller, the Endangered Species Program Coordinator for the Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks, Karen J. Couch, an accomplished artist and recognized authority on freshwater mussels and Jim Mason, a Naturalist at the Great Plains Nature Center.

The purpose of the Pocket Guide is to help you identify and gain an appreciation for the diversity of mussels in Kansas.

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 at the MAMMAL'S DEN.

The Pocket Guide to Kansas Threatened and Endangered Species is available as a pdf download.

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

The Pocket Guide to Great Plains Shorebirds is online as the PEEP'S PUDDLE.

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 Common Kansas Butterflies is available as a pdf download.

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

Mussel Pocket Guide Cover

Pick up your copy of
A Pocket Guide to
Kansas Freshwater Mussels

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!

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

The Pocket Guide to Kansas Stream Fishes is available as a pdf download.

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

Acknowledgements

We would like to thank all the folks who have helped survey mussels by digging in the river substrate with their bare hands. We would especially like to thank Bob Angelo, Chris Barnhart, Dan Bleam, Charles Cope, Don Distler, Tom Mosher, Brian Obermeyer and Bryan Simmons for their lifelong interest and conservation efforts focusing on this faunal group. Jason Goeckler provided information on exotic species. Photographs were provided by Chris Barnhart, Bob Gress, Ron Kegerries, Jim Mason, Edwin Miller and Marc Murrell. Jim Mason provided the range maps. Karen Couch provided the illustrations. We would like to thank Elby Adamson, Lorrie Beck, Lina Miller, and Bryan Simmons for reviewing the manuscript.

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

Chickadee Checkoff logo- The Chickadee Checkoff program is a voluntary donation program for nongame projects sponsored by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. Kansas taxpayers are able to contribute on their individual state income tax form. Donations can also be made by sending a check to Chickadee Checkoff Program, 512 SE 25th Ave., Pratt, KS 67124. Since 1980, the Chickadee Checkoff program has distributed over $4 million to projects that help endangered species, assist in reintroduction efforts of sensitive species, supports wildlife education projects at schools and nature centers, and supports hundreds of other nongame conservation projects.



- 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

 

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