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K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee... Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee discusses the traits of the eastern chipmunk, which can be found in certain parts of Kansas.

4/21/2014 7:00:00 PM


KANGAROO RAT DAMAGE... Play Audio



While they won’t wipe out an entire no-till crop field, kangaroo rats can create severe spot damage in such fields. Crop residue provides ideal cover and habitat for these rodents, according to K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee. This week, he goes over how to employ an effective toxicant product against kangaroo rats, especially in newly planted no-till corn.
 

4/17/2014 7:00:00 PM


Saving the Lesser Prairie Chicken: What Landowners Should Know



Cumulative habitat loss, encroachment by invasive woody plants, wind energy development, petroleum production and the ongoing drought are just a handful of reasons why there are fewer lesser prairie chickens in the wild today, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which recently announced the species as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
4/17/2014 8:00:00 AM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Jim Armstrong - Havensville Living History Day



The little girl’s eyes grew big as she pumped the foot pedal and fed yarn into the loom.  As the loom moved back and forth, the little girl gazed in amazement. For the first time in her life, she was creating a rug before her eyes. It is the type of wonderful experience which one can find at the annual Living History Day in Havensville.
4/16/2014 8:00:00 AM


K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee... Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee discusses newly-planted crop damage that can result from kangaroo rat colonies, and what producers can do to curb that problem.
 

4/14/2014 7:00:00 PM


WILD HORSE ISSUE... Play Audio



Steadily over the last 40 years, free-ranging horse and burrow numbers have swelled in parts of the West.  And in fact, under agreements with the Bureau of Land Management, several thousand of these animals reside in Kansas and Oklahoma.  A recent study was commissioned, in an attempt to address the rapid wild horse and burrow population growth, and the severe harm that growth is inflicting on natural ecosystems.  K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reports on that effort.
 

4/10/2014 7:00:00 PM


K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee... Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee discusses the dilemma with free-ranging horses and burrows in the West, thousands of which actually reside in Kansas, and the damage to the ecosystem as their populations continue to swell...
 

4/7/2014 7:00:00 PM


PRAIRIE CHICKEN LISTING... Play Audio



After years of discussion on the issue, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has chosen to list the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. Western Kansas is part of this upland bird’s native range. This week, K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about what this listing means for farmers and ranchers in that region.
 

4/3/2014 7:00:00 PM


K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee... Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision to list the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species...what this development actually means for farmers and ranchers operating in the lesser prairie chicken range in western Kansas and the other four states where this bird resides.
 

3/31/2014 7:00:00 PM


DROUGHT AND DEER HEALTH... Play Audio



Among the many negative consequences of extended drought conditions are the adverse impacts on deer. Drought leads to changes in deer herd density, which makes deer more susceptible to severe disease issues. That’s not to mention the stress caused by a shortage of drinking water. K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about these effects and what landowners wanting to preserve their deer resources can do.
 

3/27/2014 7:00:00 PM


K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee... Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about the detrimental effects of enduring drought conditions on deer populations in Kansas, and why landowners interested in maintaining deer numbers might think about providing a supplemental water source.
 

3/24/2014 7:00:00 PM


BADGER BURROW DAMAGE... Play Audio



Badgers can be found rather commonly across the Plains region. Their upside is that they consume large numbers of rodents. However, as they pursue that prey, they create large burrows – often in reduced-tillage crop fields. And, those burrows can become a hazard for field equipment.  This week, K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about contending with that damage through badger control.
 

3/20/2014 7:00:00 PM


K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee... Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about the difficulty in controlling badger burrowing damage to crop fields, and the approach he recommends.

 

3/17/2014 7:00:00 PM


QUAIL AND PREDATORS... Play Audio



Landowners and hunting enthusiasts often think of predator control as the quick fix for declining bobwhite quail populations. But it isn’t as simple as that, according to K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee. Effective predator control at the right time is not easily achieved. That’s why Charlie promotes the concept of predator management, rather than control, as he outlines this week.
 

3/13/2014 7:00:00 PM


K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee... Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee takes up the subject of predator control as an approach to bolstering bobwhite quail populations, saying that predator management, instead of control, is the preferred tactic.

 

 

3/10/2014 7:00:00 PM


SNOWY OWL APPEARANCES... Play Audio



Numerous Kansans have been witness to a highly unusual sight this past winter:  snowy owls showing up here in the Central Plains. This arctic bird has ventured far beyond its normal habitat, and K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee says there’s a great deal of speculation as to why…without any scientific conclusions yet. Regardless, he talks this week about this rare appearance of snowy owls in this region.
 

3/6/2014 6:00:00 PM


K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee... Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee discusses the appearance of snowy owls in Kansas this winter, and why this typically-arctic bird is showing up with some frequency here in the Central Plains.

 

 

3/3/2014 6:00:00 PM


STATE HABITAT CONVENTION... Play Audio



Landowners and game bird enthusiasts have an excellent opportunity to glean new ideas on upland game bird management at the 2014 State Habitat Convention, to take place on March 7th and 8th at the Great Plains Nature Center in Wichita.  K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee strongly endorses participation in this event, and joining him again this week with details on this convention is wildlife biologist Holly Shutt of Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever.
 
 

2/27/2014 6:00:00 PM


K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee... Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee is joined once again by wildlife biologist Holly Shutt of Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever, as they preview the 2014 Kansas State Habitat Convention taking place in Wichita in early March.

 

2/24/2014 6:00:00 PM


PHEASANT AND QUAIL HABITAT... Play Audio



The steady decline in pheasant and quail numbers in Kansas is drawing considerable attention from wildlife agencies and organizations, as they strive to work with landowners in attempting to restore these upland game bird numbers.  That’s the mission of a wildlife biologist with Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever, Holly Shutt.  She joins K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee this week to talk about the lack of sufficient pheasant and quail habitat in the state.
 
 

2/20/2014 6:00:00 PM


K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee... Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee is joined this week by wildlife biologist Holly Shutt of Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever to look at the ongoing problem of declining pheasant and quail numbers in Kansas, and what must be done to turn that trend around.

 

2/17/2014 6:00:00 PM


LESSER PRAIRIE CHICKEN (Part 2)... Play Audio



The federal decision on whether to list the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened or endangered species is to be announced in March.  Meantime, wildlife officials in Kansas are encouraging landowners in the lesser prairie chicken range to consider the special lesser prairie chicken conservation plan that many people hope will pre-empt the need for listing the bird.  K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about the incentives that voluntary plan is offering landowners.
 
 

2/12/2014 6:00:00 PM


K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee... Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee continues his discussion of the lesser prairie chicken situation, as federal officials will soon make their decision on whether to list that bird as a threatened or endangered species:  today, he looks more closely at the lesser prairie chicken conservation plan available to landowners in the bird's home range.

 

2/10/2014 6:00:00 PM


LESSER PRAIRIE CHICKEN (Part 1)... Play Audio



In March, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is scheduled to decide on whether to list the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened or endangered species.  A large part of this bird’s home range resides in Kansas.  And a voluntary conservation plan has been put forth in an effort to avoid that listing.  In the first of a three-part series on the issue, K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee assesses the conservation plan and why it may well be in the best interest of landowners with lesser prairie chickens on their property to at least consider it.
 
 

2/6/2014 6:00:00 PM


K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee... Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee begins a multi-part series on the lesser prairie chicken issue in Kansas, with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service scheduled to make its decision on whether to list this game bird as a threatened or endangered species next month....today, he talks about the voluntary conservation plan put forth in an effort to avert that listing.

 

2/3/2014 6:00:00 PM


QUAIL CHICK RELEASE... Play Audio



Attempt after attempt has been made to figure out a way of quickly replenishing declining bobwhite quail populations. According to K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee, releasing pen-raised adult birds just hasn’t worked.  Another approach, releasing young quail chicks after minimal human contact, has been promoted as a possible solution, by way of a commercially marketed rearing-and-release system.  However, independent studies have shown that this system also comes up short, as Charlie discusses this week.
 
 

1/30/2014 6:00:00 PM


K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee... Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee looks this week at research trials, testing the effectiveness of a specific, commercially-marketed system for artificially introducing young bobwhite quail into the wild, in an effort to bolster the declining quail population.

 

1/27/2014 6:00:00 PM


WILDLIFE HIBERNATION FACTS... Play Audio



Numerous wildlife species have long been known for their ability to hibernate during the winter.  Even so, there are still a great many unknowns about this metabolic process, according to K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee.  This week, he talks about how hibernation behavior differs among wildlife species.
 
 

1/23/2014 6:00:00 PM


Kansas Forest Service to Study Windbreak Impact on Crop Yields



Following the drought and dust storms of the 1930s, the federal government’s response was to invest $13.8 million to plant over 200 million trees and shrubs throughout the Great Plains. These plantings were initially established to reduce windblown soil, but research suggests that there is an additional benefit that would surprise many agricultural producers. Windbreaks may increase crop yields. 
11/21/2013 8:00:00 AM


Attracting Birds Means Supplying What They Like



SALINA, Kan. -- To a degree, attracting birds to a backyard feeder requires giving them what they most prefer. That can be complicated, because different kinds of birds prefer different types of food.
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