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Stop, Look and Listen Play Audio



K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen," his weekly commentary on rural Kansas,

3/24/2015 7:00:00 PM


Snow Geese Hunting Regulations Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about snow geese and the overpopulation problem that waterfowl is facing, which has prompted more relaxed snow goose hunting regulations in Kansas and elsewhere.

3/23/2015 7:00:00 PM


SOLAR PANELS AT AIRPORTS Play Audio



Bird collisions with aircraft near airports remain a significant safety concern…and an economically costly one as well.  In recent years, airport management has taken to having solar energy collection systems installed in the open areas around runways…areas that also serve as bird habitat.  And a new study evaluated the impact of those systems on bird activity, as reviewed by K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee.

3/19/2015 7:00:00 PM


Specialist Urges Avian Flock Owners Near Basehor to Report



K-State Research and Extension poultry specialist Scott Beyer is urging owners of small avian flocks in the Basehor, Kansas area to contact the Kansas Department of Agriculture to let them know about their flocks.


3/17/2015 8:00:00 AM


Airport Solar Panels Impact on Collision of Birds and Aircraft Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks this week about a new study of solar energy collectors installed in the open areas around airports, and whether that has any impact on the bird-airplane collision problem.

3/16/2015 7:00:00 PM


RODENTS AND LYME DISEASE Play Audio



The human health threat known as Lyme disease has not gone away…if anything, it is escalating, and wildlife definitely play a role in its spread.  The disease itself is borne by ticks, for which various wildlife species serve as hosts.  And while a great deal of the focus in the past has been on deer, rodents may be even more of a concern in this respect.  K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee takes a closer look at that this week.

3/13/2015 7:00:00 PM


Poultry Owners Should be Vigilant in Watching for Signs of Avian Influenza



Poultry owners should be aware that there is currently an outbreak of the H5N2 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) associated with the migratory bird flyways in the United States, said Kansas State University animal scientist Scott Beyer.


3/13/2015 8:00:00 AM


K-State Agricultural Economist Following Avian Influenza Developments



News that more than 40 countries have banned poultry imports from Minnesota after a lethal strain of avian influenza was confirmed in a turkey flock there has now been compounded by news of confirmed cases in Missouri and Arkansas turkeys.
3/12/2015 8:00:00 AM


Avian Influenza Update Play Audio



From the Kansas Department of Agriculture's Division of Animal Health,  Bill Brown and Paul Grosdidier report on the surveillance efforts now underway in Kansas in response to the confirmation of avian influenza in neighboring states...they talk about the spread of this disease into the region, and the biosecurity measures that poultry producers should be taking now in the wake of this development.

3/11/2015 7:00:00 PM


BADGER DAMAGE CONTROL Play Audio



Badgers are common in Kansas, and are among the most ferocious diggers in nature.  As they burrow for prey, they can move huge volumes of soil, occasionally creating damage in no-till crop fields that can be treacherous for field traffic.  This week, K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about the nature of the badger, and options for controlling that field damage.

3/4/2015 6:00:00 PM


Badger Activity in Crop Fields... Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about badger activity in Kansas, and the prospects for controlling badger burrowing in crop fields.

3/2/2015 6:00:00 PM


DEVELOPING RABBIT HABITAT Play Audio



Comparatively speaking, it’s a relatively unsung hunting opportunity in Kansas:  the prominence of the cottontail rabbit.  In fact, a landowner, if so inclined, can manage habitat to encourage increased rabbit numbers…even though they’re quite prolific in their own right. This week, K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about habitat management for the cottontail.

2/26/2015 6:00:00 PM


Rabbit Hunting... Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee promotes rabbit hunting as an unsung but rewarding game activity, and talks about habitat management for building cottontail rabbit numbers.

2/23/2015 6:00:00 PM


COPPERHEADS ON TRAILS Play Audio



More than occasionally, hikers on public park trails will encounter copperheads…poisonous snakes that aren’t to be trifled with.  A new study examined copperhead activity on and near hiking trails, to gain a better understanding of why they spend time in those areas.  K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reviews that work this week.

2/19/2015 6:00:00 PM


Copperhead Snakes in Kansas... Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reports on a new study of copperhead activity near public hiking trails, seeking a way to minimize human encounters with these poisonous snakes.

2/16/2015 6:00:00 PM


QUAIL AND RAPTORS Play Audio



Avian raptors will prey on bob-white quail, when given the opportunity.  A new study in Texas explored how quail behave when raptors enter their habitat.  And the information from that study can be useful in developing protective habitat for quail, as K-State Research and Extension wildlife specialist Charlie Lee outlines this week.

2/12/2015 6:00:00 PM


Quail and Predators Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reviews a new study out of Texas that tracked the behavior of bob-white quail when predatory raptors enter their habitat.

2/9/2015 6:00:00 PM


Think Spring … and Rabbit-Resistant Flowers



It happens way too often – we tuck those tender flowers into our landscapes and wake up to find they’ve turned into rabbit food overnight. Something to keep in mind as we’re planning for spring planting, however, is that there are certain flowers that rabbits typically don’t eat.

2/9/2015 8:00:00 AM


DEER AND BOVINE T-B Play Audio



Bovine tuberculosis, or T-B, can be a devastating disease in cattle herds.  Fortunately, it is a rare occurrence these days.  However, it’s been found that white-tail deer can serve as carriers of this disease, and can transmit it to cattle herds.  Preventing that from happening is a great challenge, as K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee addresses this week.

2/5/2015 6:00:00 PM


Deer and Bovine Tuberculosis Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reviews a new study of the role that white-tail deer can play in the transmission of bovine tuberculosis to cattle.

2/2/2015 6:00:00 PM


WALLEYE IN FARM PONDS Play Audio



Walleye are a highly-popular game fish in Kansas reservoirs and larger watershed lakes.  Quite a few landowners routinely express interest in introducing walleye into their farm ponds, according to K-State Research and Extension wildlife specialist Charlie Lee.  He always points out that walleye simply don’t do well in the farm pond ecosystem, as he outlines this week. 

1/29/2015 6:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Karl Matlack - Stinger



The woman in New York pours her liquid laundry detergent into the washing machine. She doesn’t realize that one element of her laundry soap came from a product transported by a machine built halfway across the country in rural Kansas. It’s today’s Kansas Profile.
1/28/2015 8:00:00 AM


Walleye in Farm Ponds Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee discusses the challenges of introducing walleye as a game fish in farm ponds.

1/26/2015 6:00:00 PM


FERAL CAT CONTROL Play Audio



On last week’s edition, K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reported on a study of feral cats as carriers of a disease which can afflict other wildlife, and potentially, humans who consume wild game.  This week, Charlie takes a closer look at the overall problem of the ever-growing feral cat population, and the negative impacts other wildlife…and what can, and can’t, be done about it.

1/22/2015 6:00:00 PM


Controlling Feral Cats Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee continues the discussion of the feral cat problem in the U.S., this week outlining the extent of the problem overall, and why controlling it is so difficult.

1/19/2015 6:00:00 PM


Conservation Tree Planting Program Play Audio



K-State forester Leah Scott announces that orders are now being taken for low-cost conservation tree seedlings through the Kansas Conservation Tree Planting Program, for windbreak, riparian or other conservation plantings...and Kate Hagans files a report on a new $13 million USDA water quality initiative for establishing conservation tree plantings in riparian areas that drain into Kansas reservoirs...with advisory and technical support being provided by the Kansas Forest Service at K-State.

1/19/2015 6:00:00 PM


FERAL CAT DISEASE Play Audio



Free-ranging cats, or feral cats, are long notorious for their predation on upland game birds and other wildlife.  They also harbor another concern, as carriers of a severe disease that infect other wildlife, and potentially, humans.  A new study looked into that disease threat, and K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee summarizes its findings. 

1/15/2015 6:00:00 PM


Stop, Look and Listen Play Audio



K-State's Gus van der Hoeven presents "Stop, Look and Listen," his weekly commentary on rural Kansas.

1/13/2015 6:00:00 PM


Feral Cats As Disease Carriers Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee looks at a new study of feral cats as carriers of a disease that can spread to wildlife, and potentially to humans who consume wild game.

1/12/2015 6:00:00 PM


FERAL HOG CONTROL Play Audio



The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is now soliciting public input on proposals for dealing with the rapidly expanding feral hog herd in the country.  These hogs in the wild are causing substantial crop and property damage and can serve as a carrier for numerous critical livestock diseases.  K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about what A-P-H-I-S is proposing in the way of feral hog control. 

1/8/2015 6:00:00 PM