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Station 15 - Birds of Kansas

Kansas is home to an impressive number of species of birds that vary from residents, that stay all year around, to breeding birds, that spend a good part of the growing season in Kansas to raise their young, migrants who pass through Kansas with the seasons, to wintering birds who like to spend a good part of the winter in Kansas to escape colder conditions up north. While many species of birds are relatively common, like our state bird the Meadowlark, it is always a thrill to stumble upon a rare bird or vagrant that does not really form part of any the Kansas ecosystems. Maybe it got lost during its travels between its summer and winter residence or it got displaced by bad weather.

Among the species you can find waterfowl and wading birds, a large suite of songbirds, raptors, game birds, swifts and nighthawks, etc., many of which occupy several ecosystems simultaneously, as they fly to and from forests, meadows, shorelines of waters, cities and urban green spaces.

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