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K-State Research and Extension News

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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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
05-26-17COYOTES IN URBAN AREAS– The number of coyotes migrating into suburban areas is on the rise. That can lead to conflicts with people, pets and traffic. A new study documenting what attracts coyotes into cities and towns provides some insight into what can be done to discourage this activity.  OUT 05-26
05-19-17SNAKE EXCLUSION STEPS – The weather has warmed up, and snakes are active once again. While many people are uncomfortable having snakes near their homes or outbuildings, almost all snakes are harmless.OUT 05-19
05-12-17GRASSLAND BIRD STUDY– A new study suggests that several songbird species will nest in cool-season pastures such as brome and fescue, which was not thought to be the best nesting habitat for these birds.OUT 05-12
05-05-17HOG-NOSED SNAKES– There are two species of what are called hog-nosed snakes commonly found in Kansas. And, according to wildlife officials, they are in need of conservation.  OUT 05-05
04-28-17CRAPPIE FISHING ENJOYMENT – The crappie are spawning in ponds and lakes around Kansas, marking the traditional start to the spring and summer fishing season.OUT 04-28
04-21-17RACCOON PARASITE PROBLEM– Raccoons frequently turn up in and near places inhabited by people.  That can potentially lead to a human health issue caused by an internal parasite carried by raccoons.  OUT 04-21
04-14-17CHUCK-WILL’S-WIDOW - Many Kansans will be able to hear the distinctive call of the Chuck-will’s-widow,  so named for the sound of its call. This night bird is also a prolific consumer of insects. OUT-04-14
04-07-17PADDLEFISH IN KANSAS - Paddlefish are migrating upstream for their annual spawn. This unique fish, which dates back to prehistoric times, makes for a challenging fishing experience in Kansas.  OUT 04-07