The Kansas Mammal Atlas is a product of a State Wildlife Grant to the Sternberg Museum of Natural History, Fort Hays State University. The grant was funded by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. Work on the project began in 2006.
The Atlas is intended to serve both education and conservation. Information acquired through the grant and from interested participants serves as baseline data for further research, provides data to assist with conservation needs as they arise, and contributes to an increasing public awareness of the mammals in the state.
The Atlas contains information on all known occurrences of mammals in Kansas. Continuously updated distribution maps are provided for each mammal species known to occur (or potentially occur) in the state. Each species account has text descriptions summarizing the taxonomy, recognition features, distributions, ecology, reproduction, and behavior for each species. Additional information may be provided in a remarks section. Finally, there is an abbreviated list of references for each species. This list is not intended to be comprehensive; rather, it consists of the references that were most useful in writing the account of the species.
Because of a long history of professional collecting, the mammals of Kansas may be better known than those of any other state. Thus, the Atlas represents the work of thousands of individuals who, over countless hours, collected and recorded the thousands of specimens and observations presented herein. Nevertheless, there is still much to learn about mammals in Kansas. This is especially true in that the distributions of mammals in Kansas, and presumably elsewhere, are constantly changing. Persons who would like to contribute to the Atlas can do so by donating specimens or reporting observations to the address/email of the principal investigator on the participants page. Comments and suggestions are always welcome.
Citation:Curtis J. Schmidt, Travis W. Taggart, and Choate, Jerry R. 2013.
Kansas Mammal Atlas: An On-line Reference. Electronic Database accessible
at http://webcat.fhsu.edu/ksfauna/mammal. Sternberg Museum of Natural History,
Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas, USA. Accessed: 12/7/2013 4:19:58 PM CST.
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