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25 years ago: Data on early arrival of eagles could change mall plans

November 15, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Nov. 15, 1988:

  • Studies showing earlier arrivals of bald eagles to the Kansas River were possibly going to make state wildlife officials consider stricter restrictions on pedestrian traffic in Lawrence's proposes riverfront mall. A representative of the Jayhawk Audubon Society, speaking at a public hearing this week, said the group's studies showed eagles arriving at their fishing locations on the Kansas River as early as December. Bob Wood, wildlife ecologists with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, said that a review of the society's records would possibly cause his department to rethink one of the conditions for the development. Because of the eagles' status as an endangered species, one of the seven special conditions of the draft construction permit required the developers to restrict human access on the planned pedestrian promenade during January and February, said to be the peak use months of the river by the eagles.
  • The Lawrence area had been experiencing balmy weather this week, with a record-setting warmest low this morning of 64 degrees, but that was all expected to change today as winter made its appearance. In true Kansas fashion, the drop in temperature was to be preceded by severe thunderstorms and a tornado watch for a large portion of central and eastern Kansas, with near-blizzard conditions forecast for the northwest part of the state.


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