Animal Tracks and Signs 2-19-18 Video
Rob Riggin with the KDWPT, discussed how to identify animals by their tracks and the signs they leave.
Wildlife Identification 2-5-18 Video
Vickie Cikanek and Jacob Christenson, District Wildlife Biologists from KDWPT spoke about how to identify animal species. They had pelts, skulls, bones and much more.
Introduction to Wildlife Habitat Education Program 1-29-18 Video
For youth ages 9-18, there is an exciting opportunity to partake in wildlife learning sessions to prepare for the state sponsored Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) contest. This is the introductory video for these sessions.
Mountain Lions - Audio
Mountain lions are a shy and secretive creature. Even in areas with established breeding populations, they are rarely seen. Although breeding populations have not been found in our area, recent reports note that there may be a few transient males that get sighted. Just seeing a mountain lion should not necessarily be a cause for concern. Attacks on humans are extremely rare.
February 12, 2018
Winter can be brutal on occasion, and knowing that the cows need to be fed and chores still need to be done are sometimes the only reasons to head outdoors. Nonetheless, nothing beats the feeling of sunshine on a cold brisk winter morning and hearing the birds sing happily in the trees. Even better, would be seeing a healthy covey of quail fly off ahead or a monster buck go dashing away in the nearby woods. Making plans this winter to manage agricultural land to benefit wildlife can help lead to seeing healthy and diverse wildlife populations in the future.
January 3, 2018
Pack Rats - Audio
The proper common name is Eastern woodrat. The name many Kansas people use when referring to this native rodent is the pack rat. Another less common name is the trade rat.
August 29, 20107
Cottontail Damage Control- AudioCottontails prefer brushy cover interspersed with open areas. Abundant growth during the spring and summer provides the rabbits with all the food and cover they need. In the winter, when food is limited, rabbits eat twigs and gnaw the bark of woody plants. This is why young trees and seedlings need to be protected from rabbits during the winter months.
August 29, 2017
Wildlife During Haying Season - Audio
-June 22, 2017
Being Wildlife Minded During Haying Season - Article
Summer hay meadows and alfalfa fields provide wonderful habitat to a wide variety of wildlife. Songbirds, quail, turkey, deer and rabbits all use these fields throughout the growing season. These areas provide cover, food and nesting areas to rear young. For any producer who enjoys wildlife, it can be disheartening to ruin a nest of turkey eggs or, even worse, hit a fawn. In order to reduce the number of abandoned nests, wounds or deaths of local wildlife, there are a few strategies a producer can take.
-June 22, 2017
Increasing Quail Habitat - Audio
The northern bobwhite quail is the most well-known game bird in Kansas. Many landowners may want to increase the number of quail in their area. It is important to know that the way land is managed has a direct relationship to the number of bobwhite quail. Quail require different cover at different times of the year, and their habitat can be quite complex to manage.
- May 4, 2017
Most, if not all, towns and cities across Kansas have raccoons living within the city limits. Because raccoons move around and feed at night, they are seldom seen. Of all the wild animals that have adapted to city life, raccoons are probably the most destructive.
This time of year, many livestock producers may begin to notice coyotes more frequently as the winter progresses. But how much is really known about this predator?
- January 20, 2017
Hunting Leases - Audio
Many people may be looking for ways to diversify their farming operation. One way to generate additional income off owned land is to provide a hunting lease.
- December 30, 2016
Bats - Audio
Halloween is almost here. There will be pumpkins, ghosts, goblins and bats... but there is much more to bats than just a Halloween symbol. Bats are unique and interesting animals, but their nocturnal nature makes them one of the most mysterious and misunderstood mammals in Kansas.
- October 28. 2016
Welcome Fall...and Crows - Audio
Nothing marks the beginning of fall quite like the sound of a crow on a cool autumn evening. Crows are native birds to Kansas and have lived here for hundreds of years. With its coal-black plumage and distinctive “caw-caw” voice, they are an easy bird to identify.
- September 30, 2016
Controlling Muskrats - Audio
I recently had some inquiries about an animal that was residing near a pond. The description went as follows: it was a stout, chunky animal with short legs. The adult was approximately 22 to 25 inches in length and weighed about 2.5 pounds. Its 11-inch black tail was scaly, practically hairless and laterally flattened. I know several people hearing this description would, at first, have guessed it to be a beaver, but that is not the case. The animal being described was actually a muskrat.
- July 8, 2016
Wild Turkeys’ Effect on Crop Land - Audio
Turkeys spend about one half of the year (October to March) in their winter habitat, which must provide adequate and reliable food, plus cover from bad weather. While acorns are the most important food for wild turkeys, winter wheat is one of the best crops for both ease of establishment and use by turkeys. Corn and beans also attract turkeys and are important during periods of severe weather in late winter and early spring.
- November 30, 2015
The House Mouse - Audio
With cooler temperatures outside, the house mouse may be moving into homes, garages, machine sheds and grain storage facilities. Effective control involves sanitation, mouse-proof construction and population reduction. At the very first sign of mouse activity, don’t hesitate to start a mouse reduction process.
- November 6, 2015
Of the various methods of controlling nuisance moles trapping is the most effective. The harpoon-type mole is set above the mole run and captures the mole with sharp spines driven into the ground by powerful springs.
- August 21, 2015
Aquatic Weed Control - Audio
With spring comes the possible need to control weeds and algaes in ponds. Charlie Lee, K-State Research and Extension Wildlife specialist discusses some issues facing pond owners.
- April 28, 2015