From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for March 1, 1987:
The Kansas Cave Symposium, a quarterly meeting of the Kansas Speleological Society, was meeting at Kansas University this week. About 60 caving enthusiasts had gathered to attend lectures on geology, amphibians, bats, and the history of Kansas caving. Kansas had more than 450 caves located in 40 of its counties, with the largest being 10,000 feet long. The caverns ranged from the southeast caves, which tended to be wetter, geologically older, and more populated by wildlife, to the western caves, which were drier, newer, and with fewer inhabitants. Kansas spelunkers crawling into a cave might encounter salamanders, blind crickets, fish, snakes, or one of about 13 species of bats.