Kansas Wildlife Federation

Wednesday, December 29 2004

2005 Memberships

Filed under: — Dan @ 02:56pm

Kansas Wildlife Federation is 501c3 organization, and so your membership contributions are fully tax-deductible.

You can still get in a 2004 tax-deduction - and renew your membership for 2005 - by using our secure online giving page. By typing in your MasterCard or Visa number and selecting an amount before January 1, 2005, you can help out yourself and the outdoors of Kansas.

If you’ve gotten a membership renewal form from us recently, here’s an easy way to get that taken care without having to find a stamp or get to the post office!

Tuesday, December 28 2004

How tax breaks prop up wind energy

Filed under: — Dan @ 12:09pm

A good story from today’s Lawrence Journal-World on how federal tax breaks are fueling the wind energy boom.

It’s pretty routine for wind-energy developers to insist that their product is profitable even without the federal incentives. That doesn’t quite explain why there’s a mad rush to get these projects online before December 31, 2005, at which point the federal credits end.

Here’s the money quote:

(State official Lee) Allison said the federal income tax credit was critical to wind companies, which cannot compete against traditional energy producers without it.

One might wonder why we should be funding businesses that can’t compete, but that’s a question for another day.

Another neat Internet tool

Filed under: — Dan @ 11:47am

Discover the Outdoors has this fun and useful tool of clickable hunting zone maps for Kansas.

Using easy to navigate pull-down menus, you can easily build up different maps according to their various species. It’s easier to use than the Department’s site, in my opinion.

And if you need it, there’s a list at the same website of Kansas game processors by city.

Thursday, December 23 2004

More on sandhill cranes

Filed under: — Dan @ 10:24am

The agenda for the January 20th meeting of the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission is now up on the Department’s website. (Note that this is an Acrobat file.)

On the agenda is a discussion of sandhill crane hunting season. If you value that hunting opportunity, please consider showing up to the Commission meeting, or sending in written comments in advance of the hearing if you can’t be there in person.

As this article from the Kansas City Star relates, there will be a move to eliminate the sandhill crane season.

KWF believes that good science belongs in the driver’s seat as we make wildlife decisions. Does the science suggest we can build up whooping cranes by eliminating sandhill crane season? Judge for yourself:

People have been allowed to hunt sandhill cranes in Kansas since 1993. According to the state wildlife and parks department, 4,284 people have hunted 15,269 days, bagging 10,908 sandhill cranes in those 11 hunting seasons.

So in 15,000 tries, there’s been one bad incident. There’s no reason to say that the incident wasn’t a bad thing - and the shooters in question are in the federal process now - but there’s nothing in those numbers that suggests that Kansas is keeping whooping cranes back.

Wednesday, December 15 2004

Good news about whooping cranes

Filed under: — Dan @ 11:15am

While we all know the bad news about the whooping cranes that were shot in Kansas, it’s good to keep in mind that there is good news on that front as well. The Kansas City Star has this article from Brent Frazee on the whooper’s come-back.

It’s too early to declare victory, of course, with only 460 or so of the birds in existence. But by the same token, that’s a bigger number than we’ve seen for 100 years now. Wildlife officials estimate that the whooping crane population is growing by 4% each year. Unlike the days of my childhood, extinction no longer seems imminent.

Tuesday, December 14 2004

KWF announces youth hunting essay contest

Filed under: — Dan @ 07:57am

The Kansas Wildlife Federation, a statewide organization of hunters and anglers, is calling for essays from youth hunters who want to share their pride in the outdoors.

Youths ages 12 to 15 who live in Kansas are invited to submit essays for KWF’s essay contest on the theme “Why I’m Proud to Hunt.”

The winner will receive a free guided hunt from Paradise Adventures, Altoona, during the 2005 youth turkey season. KWF will reimburse the family for mileage needed to drive to Altoona.

These days, there are so many things for kids to do,” said Dan Ward, KWF’s executive director. “A lot of them keep kids indoors, so it’s important for the kids who hunt to share that tradition with their peers.” (more…)

Thursday, December 9 2004

What do deer really see?

Filed under: — Dan @ 02:39pm

Terrific, although long, article on ESPN Outdoors entitled “What do deer see?”

The main conclusion of the article: deer have a very hard time with the lower end of the color spectrum - ie, red and orange. But not only are they capable of seeing blue and green very well, there’s evidence that their eyesight goes up into the UV spectrum, giving them superior night vision compared to us humans.

Wednesday, December 8 2004

NWF, KWF, and the EPA

Filed under: — Dan @ 06:07pm

The title of this post is quite an alphabet soup, but it is accurate.

This past week, representatives from National Wildlife Federation affiliates met in Washington DC with senior leadership from the Environmental Protection Agency. The Kansas Wildlife Federation was one of the more than 20 state groups that sent a representative.

While it’s hard to have an open dialogue with so many people in one room, the meeting did show that there is truly nation-wide interest on the part of hunters and anglers in regards to the issues of mercury emissions and wetlands.

What we communicated as a group is a level of frustration with the White House’s initiatives in these two areas, mostly because we view the policies as self-contradictory. While it’s great that the President wants to add 3 million acres of wetlands in America, it’s hard to do this when the EPA is still telling the Corps that “isolated wetlands” enjoy no protection.

If you’re a waterfowler, you know how important seasonal wetlands such as prairie potholes are to the success of duck and goose migration and nesting. A policy to add wetland acreage is laudable, and very possible, but only if we close up a loophole that currently places about 20 million acres at risk.

Our other agenda item was on mercury. The White House has floated a plan that would cut mercury emissions by 30% over 5 years and 70% over 15 years.

The problem is that it’s possible to do much better. It’s realistic and cost-effective to cut mercury emissions by 90% by 2010. While we can discuss the right mechanism to cut those emissions, the nation is not served when the goals laid out are so modest.

Mercury is a special issue for Kansans: we’re 32nd in population in the country - and 18th in mercury emissions.

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