K-State Research and Extension News

Birds and VehicularTraffic Play Audio

K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee discusses a new study of bird reactions to oncoming vehicles on our roadways.

6/29/2015 7:00:00 PM


Tiny as it is, the zebra mussel has become a colossal invasive species problem in numerous Kansas water resources.  Since it made its way into this region two decades ago, this prolific mussel has disrupted aquatic ecosystems and cause millions of dollars of damage to water-handling facilities.  And while solutions remain difficult to come by, boaters and other recreational water enthusiasts can all do their part to curb the spread of zebra mussels, as K-State wildlife management specialist Charlie Lee discusses this week.

6/25/2015 7:00:00 PM

Zebra Mussels Still A Problem In Kansas... Play Audio

K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reports on the continuing problem with zebra mussels in Kansas water impoundments.

6/22/2015 7:00:00 PM


For a number of years now, white perch have posed a problem in water impoundments in Kansas.  And wildlife officials are asking all outdoor enthusiasts to do their part in combatting this nuisance species.  This week, K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about the nature of white perch and the disruption they cause to the aquatic ecosystem.

6/18/2015 7:00:00 PM

Upcoming Workshop Provides the Buzz on Honeybees

If you want to eat the perfect biscuit, grab it straight from the oven, smother it in butter and drizzle some honey over the top. Groomed like that, one biscuit calls for one more. The ingredient that seems to make it complete is the honey, made possible by honeybees.
6/16/2015 8:00:00 AM

Poultry Stop Movement Order in Kansas Means No Contests This Year

The Kansas Department of Agriculture’s move to protect the Kansas poultry industry from avian flu by issuing a stop movement order was an important biosecurity step, but it means more than 2,000 Kansas 4-H members will have to be creative with how they complete their poultry projects.

6/16/2015 8:00:00 AM

Controlling White Perch Play Audio

K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about the ongoing issue with white perch in Kansas water impoundments, and what can be done to curb this nuisance species.

6/15/2015 7:00:00 PM

Supplemental Deer Feeding and Effect on Vegetation Play Audio

K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reports on a new study out of Texas on providing supplemental feed to deer, and the resulting impact on vegetation surrounding the feeding area.

6/8/2015 7:00:00 PM


Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency released its final rule on the so-called Waters of the United States regulations.  These have been a lightning rod for controversy for several months, and the final version still requires some interpretation, as to how it will impact wildlife resources as well as agricultural operations.   That’s according to K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee, who comments on the new rule this week.

6/7/2015 7:00:00 PM

Waters of the United States Regulations Play Audio

K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee takes a look at the just-announced final rule from the EPA on the Waters of the United States regulations, and what it means to wildlife habitat and outdoor enthusiasts, as well as to agricultural producers.

6/1/2015 7:00:00 PM


Sand sage has been a long-standing weed problem in High Plains grasslands.  And over the years, the herbicide 2,4-D has been used for sage control.  A recent study in Oklahoma evaluated those control efforts and their impact on the habitat of the lesser prairie chicken, which is now listed as a threatened species.  K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reports on this research and its findings.

5/31/2015 7:00:00 PM

Sand Sage and the Lesser Prairie Chicken Play Audio

K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee goes over a new study of sand sage control in high-plains grasslands, and the impact on the lesser prairie chicken.

5/25/2015 7:00:00 PM


One of the reasons why some homeowners like to install backyard ponds as part of their landscape is that the fish they can raise in those ponds, koi and goldfish, require fairly low maintenance.  This week, K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about the management requirements of these colorful fish, which often ascend to “pet” status with their owners.

5/21/2015 7:00:00 PM


Grass carp and tilapia are two fish species that will feed vigorously on aquatic plants in farm ponds.  But they are by no means a panacea for pond weed problems, as K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee points out this week.  He talks about the attributes, and the shortcomings, associated with using fish as a biological control method for excessive pond weed growth.

5/14/2015 7:00:00 PM

Controlling Plant Growth in Farm Ponds Play Audio

K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee looks at biological control of excessive plant growth in farm ponds, specifically employing grass carp and tilapia to feed on those plants.

5/11/2015 7:00:00 PM


The barred owl is a commonly-found raptor in Kansas, largely preferring the rural riparian areas.  However, wildlife experts have been closely watching the impact of urban encroachment on this bird’s habitat.  And aligned with that, a new study out of Canada measured how much rodenticide that these owls have been ingesting, when feeding on rodents.  K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reviews that research this week.

5/7/2015 7:00:00 PM

A Tale of Two Rivers: Kansas, Missouri River Regions have Differences and Similarities

Like all residents, Pam Fortun cares about clean water coming out of the faucet. As a civil engineer with the fast-growing City of Overland Park, however, designing systems to avoid flash flooding, ensuring water quantity and quality, and minimizing runoff from new neighborhoods are also priorities for her.
5/7/2015 8:00:00 AM

Barred Owl Study Play Audio

K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about a new study of the barred owl, and the possible concerns over that bird preying on rodents that have consumed rodenticide.

5/4/2015 7:00:00 PM


As the weather is warming up, more people are noticing the aquatic plant growth in and around their farm ponds.  Some of that growth is necessary for a good ecological balance of the pond, notes K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee.  However, when pond plants become more of a weed problem, there are measures that can be taken to control them, as Charlie covers this week.

4/30/2015 7:00:00 PM

Controlling Vegetation in Farm Ponds Play Audio

K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee looks at mid-to-late spring control of excessive aquatic vegetation in farm ponds.

4/27/2015 7:00:00 PM


Wildlife agencies in the five states, including Kansas, which harbor the lesser prairie chicken have just released a progress report on the conservation plan that has been implemented to restore this bird’s population.  And in general, the report is encouraging, according to K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee.  While it will be some years before the target population for the lesser prairie chicken is reached, indications are that progress is being made.

4/23/2015 7:00:00 PM

Lesser Prairie-Chicken Conservation Effort Play Audio

K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about a new report on the effectiveness of the conservation plan for the lesser prairie-chicken in the High Plains region.

4/20/2015 7:00:00 PM


Providing a supplemental feed resource to wildlife has its pros and cons when it comes to the prevalence of disease in those species.  And that’s important to understand before one actually starts feeding wildlife.  This week, K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee takes a closer look at this issue.

4/16/2015 7:00:00 PM

Feeding Wildlife Play Audio

K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee looks how providing supplemental feed to wildlife influences the potential of disease in those species.

4/13/2015 7:00:00 PM


Seed spillage from bird feeders is inevitable.  And several wildlife species other than birds take advantage of that spillage as a food source.  The numbers of skunks, raccoons and other such scavengers grow even further when pet food is left outdoors, in the area of those bird feeders. That was discovered in a new study covered this week by K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee.  And he stresses that this could end up being a health concern for both outdoor pets and humans.

4/9/2015 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.
1/15/2009 8:00:00 AM