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Outbound: Kansas

Each week, K-State Research and Extension wildlife specialist Charlie Lee joins Eric Atkinson, agriculture director for the K-State Radio Network, to discuss a wide variety of wildlife issues of interest to farmers, ranchers, hunters and wildlife enthusiasts of all kinds.  Each feature is approximately 5-minutes in length.

Send comments, questions or requests for copies of past programs to ksrenews@ksu.edu.

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09-22-17HUNTING COLLARED DOVES– Unlike the native mourning dove, the Eurasian collared dove inhabits the central plains region year-round.  And it is a hunting option when mourning doves start to migrate out of the area. K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee offers some background on the collared dove, including the fact that hunting restrictions for it are much more lax in Kansas than for mourning doves.OUT 09-22
09-15-17BIRD FEEDER PREDATORS– Many people enjoy attracting songbirds to their home settings by placing feeders in the yard.  But they unwittingly may also be creating a feeding ground for predatory birds like hawks, which will prey on the smaller birds. While there are measures that can be taken to reduce the chances of that happening, preventing that predation outright may be difficult.OUT 09-15
09-08-17DEER FOOD PLOTS– If a landowner is interested in establishing a food plot to attract deer this fall and winter, that should be done right away. And, there’s more to this objective than just planting something.  Before they begin, landowners need to think this through and consider several factors.OUT09-08 
09-01-17FERAL CATS AND WILDLIFE – It’s been a long-standing wildlife conservation issue…the negative impact of feral cat predation on wildlife.  Some new numbers vividly illustrate that impact, but a good solution to the problem remains elusive.OUT 09-01
08-25-17BIRD COLLISION LOSSES– Birds in flight routinely collide with the exterior windows of buildings…and those losses add up to hundreds of millions of birds each year.  A recent study set out to determine if the design and location of a building influences the frequency of such collisions.OUT 08-25
08-18-17TESTING FOR TOXIC ALGAE– Once again, conditions have been right this summer for blue-green algae to develop in many Kansas farm ponds.  Livestock and pets should be kept away from these algae blooms, which can also be detrimental to wildlife. However, before taking action, confirm the algae is the toxic kind. OUT 08-18
08-11-17FISH AVOIDING BAIT – Many anglers have suspected that catch-and-release fish can actually learn to avoid bait over time.  A recent study set out to affirm that, using artificial lures.  OUT 08-11
08-04-17PLAGUE AND WEATHER– Many prairie dog colonies have been ravaged by plague, which in turn disrupts the ecosystem which relies on prairie dogs as a food source.  A recent study in Colorado attempted to link weather patterns to prairie dog losses resulting from outbreaks of plague.  OUT 08-04
07-28-17NEW FERAL HOG BAIT– Wildlife experts have been searching for a better means of controlling feral hog populations, which continue to expand in many states and inflict millions of dollars in damage.  A new toxic bait product is now being tested for potential approval, and so far, it has been shown to be quite effective.  OUT 07-28
07-21-17BIRDS AND WIND TURBINES– The impact of wind turbines on avian wildlife species has been extensively discussed and debated.  A new study now indicates that previous bird loss inventories in wind generator areas may not have been painting a complete picture.  OUT 07-21
07-14-17RODENTS AND LYME DISEASE– The tick-borne Lyme disease is a serious human health concern. And as research has shown, white-footed mice are among the leading vectors of the disease, transmitting it to ticks when bitten. It’s another important reason for effective rodent control around dwellings and outbuildings.OUT 07-14
07-07-17BOATING SAFETY REGULATIONS– The state of Kansas has a well-defined set of regulations that promote safe operation of boats on Kansas waters.  But, too many times, outdoor enthusiasts fail to adhere to those regulations, resulting in accidents.OUT 07-07
06-30-17COYOTE PREDATION ON FAWNS– Past research has found that coyotes do, indeed, prey on deer fawns.  But the extent of that predation may not be as much as many people think.  Furthermore, such fawn losses are not a major contributor to declining deer numbers.OUT 06-30
06-23-17DEER SOYBEAN GRAZING– Soybean growers have long complained about deer grazing on their standing crops. A fair amount of research has attempted to pin down just how much soybean yield is lost due to that browsing. A new study sheds more light on that question.  OUT 06-23
06-16-17COWBIRD NESTING HABITSBrown-headed cowbirds, abundant in Kansas, aren’t exactly looked upon favorably. One of the reasons is that they parasitize other birds’ nests to reproduce. But are they truly a detriment to other bird species?OUT 06-16
06-09-17PRAIRIE DOG VACCINE– Wildlife researchers are testing a new vaccine treatment intended to protect prairie dogs from the plague, which is known to ravage their colonies.  OUT 06-09
06-02-17ARMADILLOS AND DISEASEThe armadillo population in the central plains region continues to grow.  That trend may change, however, according to a new study which indicates that more armadillos are contracting the bacteria which leads to Hansen’s Disease…more commonly known as leprosy.  OUT 06-02