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Wildlife

PLASTIC IN BIRD NESTS Play Audio



Discarded plastic materials such as fishing line have long been a welfare concern for aquatic life.  Such plastics are often taken by birds for nesting material, which can lead to nestling problems.  Recently, a study in California sought to measure that impact in crows’ nests.  K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks of their findings this week. 

8/27/2014 7:00:00 PM


Dangers of Plastic Materials in Crow Nests Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reports on a new study of plastic material found in crow's nests, and the harm that causes to nestlings, not only of crows, but of other bird species as well.

8/25/2014 7:00:00 PM


NORTHERN LONG-EARED BAT Play Audio



It’s rarely seen in Kansas, but historical records show that the northern long-eared bat does, in fact, reside in the eastern half of Kansas.  That’s noteworthy, says K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee, for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has just proposed that this bat be listed as an endangered species.  This week, Charlie takes a closer look at that development.

8/21/2014 7:00:00 PM


Busting Myths About Ticks



A walk through the woods, a fishing trip, or an evening playing in the yard with your children are situations with the potential to encounter dozens, even hundreds of blood-sucking pests known as ticks. Ticks can be a problem year-round, but they pose the most threat in warmer summer months. These disease carriers could be harmful to humans and pets alike.
8/20/2014 8:00:00 AM


Northern Long-Eared Bat... Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about the proposed listing of the northern long-eared bat as an endangered species...a bat that, as historical records indicate, does reside in parts of Kansas.

8/18/2014 7:00:00 PM


HOW THE ESA WORKS Play Audio



With all the fervor over the listing of the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee advises landowners to become familiar with how the endangered species listing process works.  This week, he goes over the established factors that determine whether or not a species is declared as endangered.  

8/14/2014 7:00:00 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.

8/12/2014 7:00:00 PM


The Endangered Species Act in Kansas... Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee takes a look at just how the Endangered Species Act functions, in concert with the species protection law in place in Kansas.

8/11/2014 7:00:00 PM


DUCK STAMP PROGRAM Play Audio



The federal duck stamp program has been around for decades.  It provides vital funding for securing conservation easements for developing and preserving waterfowl habitat.   There’s a move afoot to raise the cost of duck stamps.  And according to K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee, it would still be a worthwhile investment in wildlife conservation.

8/7/2014 7:00:00 PM


Federal Duck Stamp Program Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about the history and the purpose of the federal duck stamp program, in support of habitat development and preservation for waterfowl.

8/4/2014 7:00:00 PM


FERRUGINOUS HAWK DECLINE Play Audio



Found in the High Plains region of western Kansas and adjoining states, the ferruginous hawk is an impressive predator which thrives on prairie dogs, ground squirrels and other prey commonly found in the area.  Though it’s far from endangered, this hawk may well deserve some conservation attention, as K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee discusses this week.     

7/31/2014 7:00:00 PM


Ferruginous Hawks Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about the status of ferruginous hawks in the High Plains region, and why they may eventually be in need of conservation efforts.

7/29/2014 7:00:00 PM


BIRD-VEHICLE COLLISIONS... Play Audio



The number of bird losses resulting from vehicle collisions is staggering.  However, putting an accurate count on those losses has historically proven difficult.  A recent research review attempted to quantify those losses and why they occur.  K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about those findings.
 

7/23/2014 7:00:00 PM


Charlie Lee examines bird-vehicle collisions Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee looks at a newly-published research review on bird-vehicle collisions...an attempt to establish the extent of bird losses and pinpoint why they occur.

7/21/2014 7:00:00 PM


RABBIT REPELLANT TEST Play Audio



A new research trial recently evaluated the performance of several commercial repellant products designed to deter cottontail rabbits from gardens and landscapes, where they can do considerable damage.  And as part of this study, those products were also compared to the use of fencing, as a means of protecting plants from rabbits.  K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reports on the findings of this evaluation.

7/17/2014 7:00:00 PM


Study: Effectiveness of Rabbit Repellant Products... Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reports on a new study on rabbit damage control, which focused on the performance of several rabbit repellant products.

7/14/2014 7:00:00 PM


EXOTIC GRASS AND WILDLIFE Play Audio



Often for well-meaning purposes, several non-native, or exotic, grass species have been introduced in the Great Plains region.  Now, those species have encroached on native grasslands, and that could become a major problem for several wildlife species residing in those areas.  This week, K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee looks at a new study of the situation.

7/10/2014 7:00:00 PM


Invasive Grass Species Gaining Ground... Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reports discusses a new study of exotic grass species, primarily old world bluestem, encroaching on native grasslands, and the ensuing impact on prairie wildlife.

7/7/2014 7:00:00 PM


POCKET GOPHER TRAPS Play Audio



Pocket gophers can inflict major damage to pastures and alfalfa stands with their burrowing activity.  Trapping and removing gophers remains the best solution to the problem, according to K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee.  This week, he reports on a new study out of Nebraska, which compares the effectiveness of the two gopher trap designs available on the market.

7/2/2014 7:00:00 PM


Effectiveness of Pocket Gopher Traps... Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reports on a new study of pocket gopher traps, as a primary means of controlling gopher damage to grasslands and alfalfa stands.

6/30/2014 7:00:00 PM


PATCH BURNING STUDY Play Audio



Still more information has come out about the pasture management approach called “patch burning”…that is, burning only a portion of a pasture every year, instead of the whole pasture annually.  This system has proven very beneficial to grassland birds and other wildlife.  However, there’s always been a question of whether cattle performance on patch-burned grasses holds up sufficiently.  This week, K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about a new study that sheds light on that.

6/25/2014 7:00:00 PM


Pasture Burning Beneficial To Wildlife?... Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee takes another look at pasture patch burning as a beneficial system for wildlife, and a series of field trials on patch burning and the impact on cattle performance.

6/23/2014 7:00:00 PM


BATS IN HOUSES Play Audio



An individual bat requires only a small crack or crevice as an entryway to a home.  Getting the bat to leave on its own is usually problematic, according to K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee.  This week, he talks about a simple means of capturing a single bat for removal…and about troubleshooting the home for points of entry.

6/19/2014 7:00:00 PM


Removing Nuisance Bats From Homes... Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about removing nuisance bats from homes, with one option being using an exclusion device to allow bats to leave without re-entering the home.

6/16/2014 7:00:00 PM


YARD BURROW IDENTIFICATION... Play Audio



Homeowners tend to cringe at those unsightly burrows left in their yard by an unknown culprit.  Controlling that burrowing starts with positively identifying the species causing it, according to K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee.  This week, he goes over several simple guidelines for doing so.

6/5/2014 7:00:00 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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