K-State Research and Extension News
Wildlife

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


Specialist Urges Avian Flock Owners Near Basehor to Report



K-State Research and Extension poultry specialist Scott Beyer is urging owners of small avian flocks in the Basehor, Kansas area to contact the Kansas Department of Agriculture to let them know about their flocks.


3/17/2015 8:00:00 AM


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


Poultry Owners Should be Vigilant in Watching for Signs of Avian Influenza



Poultry owners should be aware that there is currently an outbreak of the H5N2 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) associated with the migratory bird flyways in the United States, said Kansas State University animal scientist Scott Beyer.


3/13/2015 8:00:00 AM


K-State Agricultural Economist Following Avian Influenza Developments



News that more than 40 countries have banned poultry imports from Minnesota after a lethal strain of avian influenza was confirmed in a turkey flock there has now been compounded by news of confirmed cases in Missouri and Arkansas turkeys.
3/12/2015 8:00:00 AM


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


COPPERHEADS ON TRAILS Play Audio



More than occasionally, hikers on public park trails will encounter copperheads…poisonous snakes that aren’t to be trifled with.  A new study examined copperhead activity on and near hiking trails, to gain a better understanding of why they spend time in those areas.  K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reviews that work this week.

2/19/2015 6:00:00 PM


Copperhead Snakes in Kansas... Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reports on a new study of copperhead activity near public hiking trails, seeking a way to minimize human encounters with these poisonous snakes.

2/16/2015 6:00:00 PM


QUAIL AND RAPTORS Play Audio



Avian raptors will prey on bob-white quail, when given the opportunity.  A new study in Texas explored how quail behave when raptors enter their habitat.  And the information from that study can be useful in developing protective habitat for quail, as K-State Research and Extension wildlife specialist Charlie Lee outlines this week.

2/12/2015 6:00:00 PM


Quail and Predators Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reviews a new study out of Texas that tracked the behavior of bob-white quail when predatory raptors enter their habitat.

2/9/2015 6:00:00 PM


DEER AND BOVINE T-B Play Audio



Bovine tuberculosis, or T-B, can be a devastating disease in cattle herds.  Fortunately, it is a rare occurrence these days.  However, it’s been found that white-tail deer can serve as carriers of this disease, and can transmit it to cattle herds.  Preventing that from happening is a great challenge, as K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee addresses this week.

2/5/2015 6:00:00 PM


Deer and Bovine Tuberculosis Play Audio



K-State wildlife specialist Charlie Lee reviews a new study of the role that white-tail deer can play in the transmission of bovine tuberculosis to cattle.

2/2/2015 6:00:00 PM