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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
Opening of Born Learning Trail set for Saturday
October 15, 2012
The United Way of Douglas County invites community members to the opening of the Born Learning Trail from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at Deerfield Park, which is just west of the intersection of Princeton Boulevard and Lawrence Avenue.
Course on hunter safety offered
August 22, 2012
A hunter education course will be offered this fall for anyone in Douglas County who has not completed the state-approved course on firearms and hunting safety.
Great American Backyard Campout promotes time outdoors
June 18, 2012
School’s out, and it may be getting hot, but that doesn’t mean kids have to stay in. June is Great Outdoors Month, as first declared by President Bill Clinton in 1998. In the spirit of getting outside, the National Wildlife Federation is putting on the Great American Backyard Campout on Saturday. The group encourages families to stay outdoors together and break out of the usual summer routine.
The right path: Choose trails for skill, activity, safety
May 14, 2012
Leslie Swearingen, 66, once hiked regularly but hasn’t gotten out much in recent years. Now, the Lawrence resident says she has a number of health problems and doctor’s orders to start exercising again. “I was thinking I could walk on a trail, and the scenery would be so nice,” Swearingen says. “It wouldn’t be the same as just plodding along the sidewalk.” However, like many potential trail users tempted by spring weather and fresh air, Swearingen wonders, “How safe is it?”
Clinton State Park to hold open house
March 15, 2012
Clinton State Park will be participating in a statewide State Park Open House on March 31.
Go Green: Tips for observing snowy owls and other wildlife
February 6, 2012
Lawrence has had some beautiful visitors from the North this brown winter. Though not unheard of, visits from snowy owls are definitely an exception to the rule in Kansas.

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