Resources for hiking and birding in the Kansas City area
Hiking trails in the Kansas City area
• Book - Hiking Kansas City, by William B. Eddy & Richard O. Ballentine
• Websites identified in individual trail site descriptions for NW, NE, SW, and SE
Benefits of walking - "Walkers have less incidence of cancer, ... other killer diseases." -  "walking for about 30 minutes a day, will produce measurable benefits..." - "the more people walk each day, the more energetic they feel..." - "natural environment has profound effects on the well-being..." - "Walking requires no prescription, the risk of side effects is very low, and                     the benefits are numerous."
Information about walking - info and links on walking/hiking shoes, fitness, nutrition, etc. - selecting walking shoes and other information about walking
Bird identification and behavior, and information about Cardinalidae
• Books by David Allen Sibley: The Sibley Guide to Birds, and The Sibley Guide to Bird
  Life and Behavior
• Book - Birds of Kansas, by Max C. Thompson, Charles A. Ely, Bob Gress, Chuck Otte,
  Sebastian T. Patti, David Seibel, and Eugene A. Young
Cornell Lab of Ornithology - silhouette, field marks, posture, size, flight pattern, habitat
Bird taxonomy - summary of taxonomy - origin, name selection, species per continent
BirdLife International - world taxonomic checklist 
American Ornithologists Union - bird taxonomic checklist for North and Middle America
American Birding Association -  bird taxonomic checklist for continental USA and Canada
Kansas City area bird list is a compilation of lists from Burr Oak Woods, James A. Reed   Wildlife Area, Ernie Miller Nature Center, and the Overland Park Arboretum
Bird feeders
Audubon at Home - tips for safely attracting and feeding birds
Birding binoculars - binoculars for particular needs and price ranges
Kansas City area birding organizations
Burroughs Audubon Society - Greater Kansas City Chapter of the National Audubon Soc.
Kansas Ornithological Society - statewide organization devoted specifically to the study,   conservation, and enjoyment of birds
Beginning Birding (thanks to Tanner from Compton Community Center)
Birding Basics - summary of birding basics and resources
Introduction to Birdwatching - birdwatching benefits, "how to's", and needs to get started  
Tricky IDs - how to distinguish between some "look -a-like" birds
Beginner's Guide to Birdwatching - comprehensive overview on beginning birdwatching
Page added 6/10/2011 (Latest Rev 7/31/2015 major new KC bird list)