MONARCH BUTTERFLY MIGRATION. Monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) migrate south through Kansas from Canada each September to overwinter in Mexican mountain tops. James Nedresky.
MOON OVER PRAIRIE. Kansas maintains 25 state parks including several wildlife habitats. Areas in far eastern Kansas, with twice the rainfall of more western regions, feature unique woods and grasslands. B. Jones, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
BALTIMORE ORIOLE (Icterus galbula). These colorful songbirds spend summers in eastern Kansas. David Brezinski, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
COMMON MOORHEN (Gallinula chloropus). The moorhen with its red facial shield is an eye-catching summer resident of eastern Kansas wetlands. Jim Rathert, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
FLATTENED CATFISH (Pylodictis olivaris). Flatheads can live for 20 years and grow to more than 100 pounds. Chetopa is known as the state's catfish capitol. Eric Engbretson, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
ARCADIA STRIP MINE. Mechanized strip mining originated in the Cherokee-Crawford coal fields as a way to mine shallow beds.John Charlton, Kansas Geological Survey.
COAL OUTCROP. A thin bed of coal near the surface. Robert S. Sawin, Kansas Geological Survey.
COPPERHEAD SNAKE (Agkistrodon contortrix). Copperheads, the most common poisonous snake in eastern Kansas, favor rocky areas of oak, hickory and walnut woodlands where they blend into the landscape. Ryan Hagerty, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.