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Wildlife

DEER AND COYOTE PREDATION Play Audio



When deer numbers appear to be down, hunters and others often point to predation by coyotes as the cause, according to K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee.  The research on this subject has produced mixed results, but he says there’s good reason to think that coyotes are not a major contributor to a drop in the deer population in a state like Kansas.  He elaborates on that this week.

10/15/2014 7:00:00 PM


Answering the Call: Kansas State University to Host 15 Farm Bill Meetings



Farmers are faced with some of the most important decisions of their working lives under the 2014 Farm Bill. To help them make informed decisions, K-State Research and Extension is teaming with several sponsors to bring 15 educational meetings to Kansans in January and February.
10/15/2014 8:00:00 AM


Coyote Predation on Deer... Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks looks at what research says about coyote predation on deer, and whether that's a reason for a decline in deer numbers in Kansas in recent years.

10/13/2014 7:00:00 PM


FERAL HOG STUDY Play Audio



Compared to other states, Kansas is ahead of the curve when it comes to dealing with feral hog issues, according to K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee.  Nonetheless, feral hog damage to crops, property and wildlife habitat remains a concern.  A recent study points out that Kansas’ feral hog numbers are not the result of migration from other states…rather, they’re here largely because of intentional introduction, which is illegal.  

10/9/2014 7:00:00 PM


Feral Hogs in Kansas... Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks looks at a new study of feral hogs and their progression, which indicates that the problem in Kansas is a product of intentional introduction of feral hogs, and not a result of migration from the southern plains.

10/6/2014 7:00:00 PM


PRAIRIE CHICKEN AND WIND TOWERS Play Audio



Wildlife conservationists have long suspected that the construction and operation of wind towers in grassland areas disrupts the normal reproductive behavior of upland game bird species.   A new study out of K-State indicates that, in the case of the greater prairie chicken, the presence of wind towers makes very little difference in their nesting success.  K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee takes a look at that study this week.

10/2/2014 7:00:00 PM


Wind Turbines and the Greater Prairie Chicken... Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reports on a newly-published study out of K-State that evaluated the impact of commercial wind energy on the nesting habits of greater prairie chicken.

9/29/2014 7:00:00 PM


CONSERVATION PROGRAMS STUDY Play Audio



There’s been considerable discussion of late about the habitat of the lesser prairie chicken in the Great Plains region.  Adding to that dialogue is a new USDA analysis of two of its major conservation programs, and the impact those are having on the breeding, or lek, sites of this bird.  This week, K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee takes a look at that study and its findings.

9/25/2014 7:00:00 PM


Update: Lesser Prairie Chicken... Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about a new USDA analysis of the C-R-P and E-Q-I-P programs, and their value in providing lek habitat for the lesser prairie chicken.

9/22/2014 7:00:00 PM


DEER ANTLER SIZE Play Audio



Managing deer antler size by way of strategically harvesting deer over time is a concept that’s been researched before.  A new study in this area actually runs counter to a wide-cited previous study of the impact of “culling out” inferior genetics by harvesting deer selectively.  K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee compares and discusses those studies.

9/18/2014 7:00:00 PM


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


DEER MINERAL FEEDING Play Audio



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


EUTHANIZING NUISANCE WILDLIFE Play Audio



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


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


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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