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Wildlife

KOI AND GOLDFISH Play Audio



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


BIOLOGICAL POND WEED CONTROL Play Audio



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


BARRED OWL STUDY Play Audio



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


FARM POND WEED CONTROL Play Audio



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


PRAIRIE CHICKEN REPORT Play Audio



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


SUPPLEMENTAL WILDLIFE FEEDING Play Audio



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


WILDLIFE AND BIRD FEEDERS Play Audio



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


Bird Feeder Spillage and Wildlife Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee looks at a new study of skunks, raccoons and other wildlife feeding on spilled seed from bird feeders.

4/6/2015 7:00:00 PM


Tap into Water: Free Family Fun Day May 2 at Gardner City Lake



K-State Research and Extension, the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education, and the Hillsdale Area Water Cooperative are teaming up to offer a water education workshop for families on May 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Gardner City Lake. Families with children of all ages are invited to enjoy a day of learning about and celebrating water.
4/6/2015 8:00:00 AM


NOVEL SQUIRREL CONTROL Play Audio



A lot of people appreciate having them around, but squirrels can also cause damage in various ways around the yard and home.  Indeed, reports K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee, squirrel numbers are on the rise.  And a recent study in California evaluated the effectiveness of a contraceptive treatment as a means of squirrel population control.  He reports on the findings of that study this week.

4/2/2015 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.

3/31/2015 7:00:00 PM


Controlling Squirrel Damage Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about squirrel nuisance problems, and a field trial in California that tested a novel approach to squirrel damage control.

3/30/2015 7:00:00 PM


SNOW GOOSE DILEMMA Play Audio



Light geese, also called snow geese, commonly migrate into and through Kansas each year.  This species is facing a major issue…its rapid population expansion has overwhelmed its Arctic nesting grounds.  In response, federal wildlife officials have liberalized the snow goose hunting regulations.  This week, K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee looks at the over-population problem, and the attempts to address it. 

3/26/2015 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,

3/24/2015 7:00:00 PM


Snow Geese Hunting Regulations Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about snow geese and the overpopulation problem that waterfowl is facing, which has prompted more relaxed snow goose hunting regulations in Kansas and elsewhere.

3/23/2015 7:00:00 PM


SOLAR PANELS AT AIRPORTS Play Audio



Bird collisions with aircraft near airports remain a significant safety concern…and an economically costly one as well.  In recent years, airport management has taken to having solar energy collection systems installed in the open areas around runways…areas that also serve as bird habitat.  And a new study evaluated the impact of those systems on bird activity, as reviewed by K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee.

3/19/2015 7:00:00 PM


Airport Solar Panels Impact on Collision of Birds and Aircraft Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks this week about a new study of solar energy collectors installed in the open areas around airports, and whether that has any impact on the bird-airplane collision problem.

3/16/2015 7:00:00 PM


RODENTS AND LYME DISEASE Play Audio



The human health threat known as Lyme disease has not gone away…if anything, it is escalating, and wildlife definitely play a role in its spread.  The disease itself is borne by ticks, for which various wildlife species serve as hosts.  And while a great deal of the focus in the past has been on deer, rodents may be even more of a concern in this respect.  K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee takes a closer look at that this week.

3/13/2015 7:00:00 PM


Avian Influenza Update Play Audio



From the Kansas Department of Agriculture's Division of Animal Health,  Bill Brown and Paul Grosdidier report on the surveillance efforts now underway in Kansas in response to the confirmation of avian influenza in neighboring states...they talk about the spread of this disease into the region, and the biosecurity measures that poultry producers should be taking now in the wake of this development.

3/11/2015 7:00:00 PM


BADGER DAMAGE CONTROL Play Audio



Badgers are common in Kansas, and are among the most ferocious diggers in nature.  As they burrow for prey, they can move huge volumes of soil, occasionally creating damage in no-till crop fields that can be treacherous for field traffic.  This week, K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about the nature of the badger, and options for controlling that field damage.

3/4/2015 6:00:00 PM


Badger Activity in Crop Fields... Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about badger activity in Kansas, and the prospects for controlling badger burrowing in crop fields.

3/2/2015 6:00:00 PM


DEVELOPING RABBIT HABITAT Play Audio



Comparatively speaking, it’s a relatively unsung hunting opportunity in Kansas:  the prominence of the cottontail rabbit.  In fact, a landowner, if so inclined, can manage habitat to encourage increased rabbit numbers…even though they’re quite prolific in their own right. This week, K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee talks about habitat management for the cottontail.

2/26/2015 6:00:00 PM


Rabbit Hunting... Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee promotes rabbit hunting as an unsung but rewarding game activity, and talks about habitat management for building cottontail rabbit numbers.

2/23/2015 6:00:00 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