The map below shows the many landforms of the state.
physiographic provinces are not habitat types, but rather landforms
distinguished by common landscape features and geological history. For
detailed descriptions of the physiographic provinces, visit the
GeoKansas web site
maintained by the Kansas Geological Survey.)
|Every type of prairie habitat can be found in
Kansas - and the animals and plants that
comprise them. From the vast shortgrass prairies of the High
Plains to the largest remaining expanse of tallgrass prairie in the
world - the Flint Hills.
Mixed prairies are dominant in the Smoky Hills
and Red Hills.|
|Extensive forested areas may be found in the eastern part of the state
in the Osage Cuestas, Glaciated Region and
|About 55 square miles of the Ozark Plateau
may be found in the extreme southeast corner. Clear, rock-bottomed
streams such as the Spring River are found here.|
|Kansas has ancient forests of Post Oak
and Blackjack Oak in the Chautauqua Hills,
which is an extension of the Cross Timbers habitat found mainly in eastern
|Extensive areas of stable sand dunes are
found in the Arkansas River Lowlands and
occasionally in the Wellington-McPherson Lowlands
|Kansas has 25 federal reservoirs, 41 state fishing lakes and numerous municipal and
|467 species of birds are recorded from the
state. More than 800 species of wildflowers grow here.|
|Kansas has a complex of wetlands in the middle of the state that hosts 45% of the
spring shorebird migration in North America.|
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