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Tiny Catfish Hangs On In Kansas

At only three inches long, the Neosho madtom (Noturus placidus) is hard to find. Today, these small catfish are extremely scarce—just four populations remain in the wild... Read More

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Conservation and Recovery of the Endangered Topeka Shiner

The Topeka shiner (Notropis topeka) was once a common fish, making its home in small to mid-size prairie streams throughout the central U.S. The presence of this ... Read More

Featured Species in Kansas

Black-footed ferret. photo credit: Ryan Hagerty, USFWS

Black-footed ferret

The black-footed ferret was considered extinct or nearly extinct when a small population was located in Mellette County, South Dakota in 1964. Still, the black-footed ferret remains one of the most endangered mammals in North America.

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Black-footed ferret.

Photo credit: Ryan Hagerty, USFWS

Whooping crane. Photo credit: USFWS

Whooping crane

The whooping crane is one of the most, if not the most, endangered birds in North America. A combination of hunting and habitat loss nearly drove the species to extinction in the 1940s. Thanks to the hard work of federal, state, and nongovernmental groups, there are now about 250 whooping cranes living in the wild and another 150 whoopers in captivity.

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Whooping crane.

Photo credit: USFWS

Pallid sturgeon. photo credit:  Ken Bouc, Nebraska Game & Parks Commission

Pallid sturgeon

Pallid sturgeon are slow growing fish that feed primarily on small fish and immature aquatic insects. This species of sturgeon is seldom seen and is one of the least understood fish in the Missouri and Mississippi River drainages.     More »


Pallid sturgeon.

Photo credit: Ken Bouc, Nebraska Game & Parks Commission

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Interior Least Tern, photo credit: Ryan Hagerty, USFWS

A History of Black-Footed Ferrets

This video chronicles the rediscovery of black-footed ferrets in Wyoming 30 years ago. At that time, black-footed ferrets were thought to be extinct. The rediscovery set in motion one of the most successful conservation efforts in history.   More »

Found in Kansas

  • Prairie bush clover, Photo credit: U. S. Forest Service

    Mead's milkweed (Asclepias meadii) is a long-lived, tallgrass prairie herb belonging to the milkweed family. Studies suggest that it may take 15 years or more to mature from a germinating seed to a flowering plant. This milkweed formerly occurred throughout the eastern tallgrass prairie region of the central U.S. Today, the plant grows in 13 counties in eastern Kansas, and parts of Missouri, south-central Iowa, and southern Illinois.

    Photo credit: Larry Stritch, USFS

  • Iowa Pleistocene snail. Photo credit: Garold W. Sneegas

    Topeka shiners (Notropis Topeka) are small minnows that live in small to mid-size streams in the central United States. These fish were once a common, found in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Habitat destruction, sedimentation, and changes in water quality are thought to have caused the species to decline significantly over the last 40 to 50 years.

    Photo credit: Garold W. Sneegas

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Last updated: June 4, 2020