30 Kansas Official Travel Guide TravelKS.com eagles nesting in the region. Eagle Day events present the best opportunity for an eagle sighting, often featuring guided tours that bring visitors up close to this majestic American symbol. Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve In the heart of the Flint Hills, just north of celebratedCottonwoodFalls,theTallgrass Prairie National Preserve showcases the states tallgrass prairie environment and offers the chance to hike among a small, but growing bison herd. Of course, plenty of other animals call the tallgrass prairie home. A patient visi- tor has a good chance of spotting deer, coyotes, badgers and a large number of prairie land bird species while at the preserve. In March and April, an early morningvisitmightpayoffwithasighting of the unusual mating dance of the greater prairie chicken. A new visitor center tells the story of Americas tallgrass prairie and the animals that live there. Mount Sunflower This is the high plains, literally. Mount Sunower is the highest point in Kansas, but access requires no more than an easy hike up a low hill. An early morning trek to the summit, which is well marked by the landowners, offers a chance to glimpse the unique wildlife of the plains, including pronghorn antelopes, jackrab- bits, mule deer, coyotes and swift foxes. LocatedashortdistancewestofSharon Springs, Mount Sunower is home to ground squirrels, red-tail hawks, west- ern meadowlarks and an occasional golden eagle. left: White-tailed deer are prevalent in many of the states refuges and preserves. below: Calm reservoir waters provide fishing fun. below: Catch a glimpse of such winged species as great blue herons at Marais des Cygnes. Eagle Day tours bring visitors up close to this majestic American symbol. JOHN FRISCH TUTTLE CREEK RESERVE TINA SCHMITT Without a doubt, visitors looking for wildlife sightings will nd something in Kansas. Perhaps they will share in the experience of George Sibley, who came just a few years after Pike, and remarked in a letter home, Deer and elk we found in plenty, and I frequently noticed ante- lopes skipping over the verdant hills and valleys with almost bird-like speed. Dennis Toll, whose ancestry began with Swedish immigrants to Kansas in the 1800s, resides in Manhattan, from where he can watch his grandchildren and the tallgrass prairie grow.