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Photo: Greg Thompson/USFWS

2014 KU Field Station Summer Short Courses announced

April 16, 2014 in Education, KU Field Station

Three short, field courses will be taught at the Armitage Education Center at the University of Kansas Field Station this summer. Courses are 'Introduction to Field Entomology', 'Introduction to Kansas Fishes', and 'Introduction to Field Botany'. These courses are open to undergraduate, graduate, and nondegree-seeking students, including individuals taking a class for personal enrichment but not to obtain a degree.

A new workshop "Fly-fishing 101" also will be offered this year to introduce beginners to the enjoyment of fly-fishing. Over two evenings, participants will learn about standard equipment, casting, knot tying, fishing techniques, fly-tying, basic entomology, and the ecology of ...
Don Huggins and Debbie Baker returned to Haiti in Jan. 2014 to give a 2nd Aquatic Ecology workshop for the Ministry of the Environment of the South Dept.

Huggins and Baker visit Haiti

February 10, 2014 in Aquatic habitat, Bioassessment, Education, Haiti

Don Huggins and Debbie Baker returned to Haiti in Jan. 2014 to give a 2nd Aquatic Ecology workshop for the Ministry of the Environment of the South Dept. While there they investigated the lake Etang Laborde for future study.
The Atlas of Kansas Lakes 2014

KBS releases the 2014 Atlas of Kansas Lakes

February 10, 2014 in Aquatic habitat, Publications, Reservoir

CPCB participated in the assembling the 2014 Atlas of Kansas Lakes which contains maps, data, and other information about federal, state, and local reservoirs of Kansas.
Western Governors' Association Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool, 2013

KU and KBS are key partners in creation of new West-wide Crucial Habitat service

December 12, 2013 in Agriculture, Aquatic habitat, Corridors, Crucial Habitat, Energy resources, Fish and Game, Grasslands, Habitat, Impact, Land cover, Land use, Oil and Gas, Prairie, Protected areas, Remote sensing, Reservoir, Rivers, Sensitive species, Terrestrial habitat, Transmission Lines, Vertical Structures, Watersheds, Wetland and riparian, WGA, WGA CHAT, Wildlife, Wind Turbines

For the last three years, the Western Governors Association (WGA) has been working with state wildlife agencies to create a standardized map of Crucial Habitat across the western United States to inform energy, transportation, and land use planning decisions at a regional scale. A collaborative effort of this scope between state wildlife agencies has not been accomplished before, and this effort represents a huge step forward in identifying landscapes that provide important resources to wildlife.

Two units of the Kansas Biological Survey at the University of Kansas worked closely with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) on ...

Kansas Natural Resource Planner update, 2013

Kansas Natural Resource Planner (NRP) receives major update

December 11, 2013 in Agriculture, Aquatic habitat, Conservation, Corridors, Crucial Habitat, Energy resources, Fish and Game, Grasslands, Habitat, Impact, Kansas, Land cover, Land use, Lepc, Lesser prairie-chicken, Native plants, Oil and Gas, Prairie, Protected areas, Reservoir, Rivers, Sensitive species, Terrestrial habitat, Transmission Lines, Vertical Structures, Watersheds, Wetland and riparian, WGA CHAT, Wildlife, Wind Turbines

The Kansas Biological Survey and Kansas Applied Remote Sensing Program are pleased to announce the release of a new and updated version of the Kansas Natural Resource Planner (NRP). The online mapping application combines relevant natural resource data and infrastructure data together in an online mapping environment to help users make informed decisions. The new NRP is the result of a collaborative effort between KBS and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism to provide an interactive mapping website that can be used to assist in the planning of energy and conservation projects so that Kansas can benefit from ...
Erosion after more than a century of row crop agriculture on land now supporting the Calhoun Experimental Forest, South Carolina.  Photo courtesy U.S. Forest Service.

KBS researcher to investigate long-term impact of land use

November 27, 2013 in Agriculture, Land use, Research

Sharon Billings, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Kansas, has earned a five-year, $545,520 grant from the National Science Foundation to participate in the establishment of a “Critical Zone Observatory” in Union, S.C., to study how an ecosystem that once was transformed for agricultural production continues to be influenced by that usage long after the activity has ceased. Read more.

KBS awarded $350,000 to enhance communications systems at Field Station

October 16, 2013 in Funding, KU Field Station

In late September, the National Science Foundation notified the Kansas Biological Survey that it had been awarded $350,000 for enhancements to internet and communications systems at the KU Field Station. The grant provides high-speed internet service to the Field Station, as well as connectivity to general research/teaching facilities, data network partnerships and ongoing researcher programs.
Bush Morning-glory in Sumner County.
Photo: Doug Wirtz, KNPS

Public Tour of KU Medicinal Garden October 5

September 30, 2013 in KU Field Station, Special events

Join faculty, staff and students of the Native Medicinal Plant Research Program for an informal fall garden tour on October 5 from 10 a.m - noon. The tour will include all areas of the garden, including research plantings, demonstration/show garden, natural dye garden, and the KU Student Farm. The event is free and open to the public.
ASTRA leader Mark Jakubauskas monitors echosounder equipment on Kanopolis Reservoir.

KBS scientist to start new degree program at Edwards Campus

August 22, 2013 in Education

This Fall, KBS scientist Mark Jakubauskas will initiate a degree program in environmental assessment at the Edwards Campus in Overland park. Read more.

Freeman receives Research Achievement Award

August 22, 2013 in Awards

Craig Freeman, senior scientist at the Kansas Biological Survey and curator-in-charge at the Biodiversity Institute’s R.L. McGregor Herbarium has received a KU Research Achievement Award. Read full story.

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