PRAIRIE CONEFLOWER (Ratibida columnifera). Coneflowers bloom in summer all over Kansas. Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism.
EASTERN FOX SQUIRREL (Sciurus niger). These squirrels with fox-like, bushy tails are at home in oak-hickory woodlands. Pedro 'Pete' Ramirez Jr., U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
RED-TAILED HAWK (Buteo jamaicensis). You'll see red-tailed hawks perched on fence posts around the state. Mark Bohn, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
PAINTED BUNTING (Passerina ciri). Buntings are summer visitors to southeastern Kansas. Robert Burton, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
WATER MOCCASIN OR COTTONMOUTH SNAKE (Agkistrodon piscivorus). The only poisonous water snake in Kansas, cottonmouths are found only in southeastern Kansas. Pete Pattavina, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
CHAT PILES AROUND GALENA. Chat is a local term for chert, flint dumped in mining. Jim McCauley, Kansas Geological Survey.
OYSTER MUSHROOMS (Pleurotus ostreatus). Mushrooms thrive in mined areas reclaimed as wildlife reserves. Mike Blair, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism.
SCHERMERHORN CAVE, SOUTH OF GALENA. Limestone deposited 3 million years ago contains many small caves, steep cliffs and sinkholes. John Charlton, Kansas Geological Survey.