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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


Backyard Burrowing? Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee tells how to accurately identify which pest is creating unsightly burrowing in one's yard, by making simple observations of the nature of the digging.

6/2/2014 7:00:00 PM


PATCH BURNING STUDY Play Audio



Several years of research have confirmed that grassland wildlife benefit from a pasture management approach called “patch burning”…an alternative to annually burning an entire pasture.  Now, a new research review shows that cattle performance in a patch-burn system compares favorably to that in a conventional burning program.  K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee takes a look at that this week.

5/29/2014 7:00:00 PM


Patch Burning For Grassland Wildlife Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about a new research summary on patch burning pastures, which is seen as beneficial to grassland wildlife...this study focused on cattle gains from a patch-burn grazing system.

5/26/2014 7:00:00 PM


CLEAN WATER ACT... Play Audio



Wildlife enthusiasts, landowners and others with an interest in the proposed changes to the Clean Water Act have until mid-July to submit comments on the proposal.  In general, it would more stringently define what waters fall under the jurisdiction of the act, including how remote tributaries and intermittent streams will be considered.  Whatever is finally decided will have ramifications for wildlife management and land management likewise, as K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee addresses this week.

5/22/2014 7:00:00 PM


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



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee looks at the EPA proposal to modify enforcement of the Clean Water Act, and what that means from the wildlife management perspective.
 

5/19/2014 7:00:00 PM


BEAVER CULVERT DAMAGE... Play Audio



Beavers are naturally attracted to running water, where they typically build their dams.  If that dam ends up clogging a culvert or other waterway, flooding of the roadway or surrounding crop fields can result. K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee looks at the latest strategies in dealing with beaver problems of this type, which fall into two categories: exclusion and deception.
 

5/15/2014 7:00:00 PM


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



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee looks at ways of contending with beaver activity that clogs culverts and other waterways and causes flooding on farm ground and along roadways.
 

5/12/2014 7:00:00 PM


FERRET RE-INTRODUCTION EFFORTS... Play Audio



The presence of the black-footed ferret across the Plains region has dwindled mightily over time.  Efforts to re-introduce the ferret have been ongoing for several years at numerous locations, including sites in northwest Kansas.  So far, as we hear this week from K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee, those efforts have gone wanting.
 

5/8/2014 7:00:00 PM


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



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee looks at the track record of black-footed ferret reintroduction efforts in Kansas and other states, and why those efforts have generally come up short of expectations.

5/5/2014 7:00:00 PM


PRAIRIE DOG STUDY... Play Audio



The impact of prairie dog colonies on rangeland vegetation has been studied before…but never to the depth of a new research project that spanned the high plains region, literally border-to-border from Canada to Mexico.  K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about the findings of this research, saying that it clearly depicts that the extent of grassland damage depends on the prairie dog species in question.
 

5/1/2014 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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