The Guide to Kansas Birds and Birding Hot Spots
By Bob Gress and Pete Janzen
Reviewed by Marcia Allen, Kansas Notable Books Committee
For the bird watcher in each of us, this book is truly delightful. Bob Gress, Director of the Great Plains Nature Center, and renowned bird expert Peter Janzen collaborated on this exquisite field guide that every Kansas bird enthusiast will love. In his laudatory introduction, Kenn Kaufman, author of the Kaufman Focus Guides, reminds us that Kansas is ideally suited for bird watching, as the state affords us the opportunity to observe birds of both the East and the West in one location, and the state lies squarely in the path of major migration patterns.
Against that rich background, Gress and Janzen offer us excellent photographs of birds, concise field identification notes, habitat preferences, and migratory details. Added to that are birding techniques and an attractive guide to Kansas ecosystems. And the text is suited for both novice and professional. This is one of those rare guidebooks so beautifully professional that it should be found in every Kansas library, as well as in the home of every Kansas nature lover.
If you would like to purchase this book, please consider ordering from one of the Kansas Center for the Book Affiliates (http://ww.kcfb.info/notable/): Book Kansas!, Claflin Books, Town Crier, Watermark Books.