K-State Research and Extension News

Harvesting Deer to Promote Antler Growth... Play Audio

K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reports on new research into strategically harvesting deer to promote antler size in the remaining herd...the results of which conflict with previous research on the same subject.

9/15/2014 7:00:00 PM


In anticipation of the deer hunting season, landowners and hunters often set out mineral supplements in the hunting area…the idea being that those supplements will lead to improved antler development, and therefore, a greater likelihood of harvesting a trophy buck.  However, the science doesn’t support that strategy, according to K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee…he discusses that this week.  

9/11/2014 7:00:00 PM

Feeding Mineral Supplements to Deer: Overrated...? Play Audio

K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee discusses mineral feeding to deer, with the objective of promoting trophy antler growth...he says the research shows that this tactic may be overrated.

9/8/2014 7:00:00 PM


For many, it’s a sensitive subject…but in many circumstances, it is the answer for dealing with wildlife damage.  Euthanasia is often the preferred means of dealing with captured wildlife, as opposed to relocating the animal in a habitat foreign to them, as K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee discusses this week.

9/4/2014 7:00:00 PM

Euthanasia For Wildlife Control... Play Audio

K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee discusses the sensitive topic of euthanasia as a part of wildlife damage control, and why it is often a better option than re-locating nuisance wildlife.

9/1/2014 7:00:00 PM


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 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


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


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

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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