Here on the Kansas prairie, reveling in the vast expanse of sunny sky that
stretches from horizon to horizon, you certainly don't feel that you are
standing in a shadow. But the overwhelming influence on the climate and biota of
the state is the formidible rain shadow of the Rocky Mountains far off to the
west. The transition from near-desert of western Kansas to the Ozark Plateau in
the far southeast corner produces some surprising mixes of fauna and
flora. [Use this link to view a map of the physiographic provinces of
Kansas Geological Survey web site: Kansas
Physiographic Regions.] The diversity may not be as great as in some
other areas in terms of quantity of species, but
the assemblages are certainly very unique and interesting. Shorebirds of both
east and west coast migrate through the state while many resident taxa reach
their extreme southern, northern, eastern or western ranges here.
This page reflects my interests in natural history and science, with an emphasis on Kansas, but with excursions to areas far from the plains as well. I hope that you find something of interest and value to you. Please E-mail any suggestions, corrections or comments to me.
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