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Ancient packrat nests crammed with clues about climate change
July 20, 2014
Packrats — pests or preservationists? That depends. Modern packrats have a reputation for ruining car engines and invading attics with nests they cram with debris. But Kansas University researchers have found nests of their ancient kin to be a powerful tool for studying climate change’s effect on plants. By Sara Shepherd
Operation Wildlife faces unlucky string of costly repairs
June 30, 2014
Despite a strategically placed fan, sweat poured from Diane Johnson’s brow Monday as she examined a broken-winged great blue heron on the surgical table at Operation Wildlife. The air conditioning there has been out for two weeks, the most recent blow in a string of breakdowns at the wild animal rehabilitation clinic in rural Linwood. By Sara Shepherd
Lawrence resident survives scary rescue on Mount Rainier climb
June 28, 2014
A climbing accident and cold temperatures killed seven people at Washington’s Mount Rainier in the past month. In the same time frame another of the mountain’s wicked signatures became potentially life-threatening for Lawrence resident Courtney Sappington: altitude. By Sara Shepherd
Hidden Valley to host guided hiking tours next weekend
May 30, 2014
Hidden Valley Camp will celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, June 7, with guided hiking tours for all. In honor of the holiday, Friends of Hidden Valley encourage the public to help with trail maintenance any time between 8 and 11:30 a.m., participate in a guided hiking tour from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or both.
4 places in Lawrence to get your nature fix
April 29, 2014
Looking to get back out into nature now that the weather is getting warmer? Lucky for you, Lawrence has a variety of parks and nature centers for people who want revel in the outdoors this spring. By Giles Bruce
Sunflower Bike Shop owner, Dirty Kanza champ featured in Outside Magazine guide
April 28, 2014
One recent evening at home with his three sons, Sunflower Bike Shop owner Dan Hughes told his 10 year old to pick up a copy of Outside Magazine’s 2014 Buyer’s Guide and turn to page 98. Charlie, Hughes’ son, leafed through the magazine’s pages until he saw his father’s mugshot staring back at him. The boy’s response: “Is this a popular magazine?” Hughes eventually earned approval when he told Charlie the circulation was more than a half million. By Stephen Montemayor
Lawrence women find new challenge in Mt. Kilimanjaro
January 18, 2014
Finishing an Ironman triathlon versus summiting the world’s tallest free-standing peak? Both difficult, but totally different, say two Lawrence women who can now compare the two. By Sara Shepherd
Annual Christmas Bird Count offers firsts even for experienced birdwatchers
12:00 a.m., December 15, 2013 Updated 02:16 p.m.
Among those tallying birds of various species in and around Lawrence for the Christmas Bird Count was a trio who began the day along the Clinton Lake Dam. There, they spotted various species of ducks, geese and several bald eagles. And even for a veteran birdwatcher, the day featured a first. By Stephen Montemayor
Lawrence angler an advocate for state’s fisheries, healthy lifestyle
October 26, 2013
By his count, Lawrence resident Ned Kehde can spend up to 20 days on a lake in a given year. As in more than 20 full days, in the course of more than 120 trips, 500 hours and more bass than hours. By Stephen Montemayor
Deer mating season means drivers should beware
October 14, 2013
This time of year, deer have one thing on their minds — and it’s not avoiding a confrontation with your front bumper. No, they’re looking for love. By Sara Shepherd
Record-holding long-distance hiker to visit Lawrence, share stories from new book
September 1, 2013
The woman who hiked the 2,181-mile Appalachian Trail in a record 46 and a half days will visit Lawrence’s Sunflower Outdoor and Bike Shop this month.
Clinton State Park to host Kids Day
August 7, 2013
The 10th annual Outdoor Kansas Kids Day at Clinton State Park is scheduled for Saturday. The event is meant to encourage families to go outside and to learn about Kansas’s natural resources and wildlife.
Lesser prairie chicken may get threatened listing
11:04 a.m., November 30, 2012 Updated 02:49 p.m.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it is considering formally listing the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species.
Area hunters enjoy wild turkey on Thanksgiving - if they can get one
November 20, 2012
It sounds quaint and pastoral, the idea of traipsing through a field just before Thanksgiving and shooting your own turkey to bring home for the holiday meal. But wild turkeys are very different birds — and, hunters say, a lot harder to bag this time of year — than the fat, oven-ready Butterballs most of us are accustomed to. By Sara Shepherd
Disease blamed for rise in number of dead deer
November 17, 2012
Hunters in Douglas and Franklin counties may find the local deer herds a little thinner this season. Dozens of the animals have been found dead near lakes and ponds this summer and fall, victims of a seasonal virus that hit the area harder with the help of this summer’s drought. By Ian Cummings

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