No place in the state has bigger, meaner fish than the Kansas River. The Kansas River, known as the Kaw to locals, starts at Junction City where the Republican and Smoky Hill rivers join. From there the river flows about 150 miles east to where it meets the Missouri River in Kansas City. Catfish up to 150 pounds have been pulled from the river. Thomas Finch, nicknamed the Kaw River Man, has reeled in flatheads weighing 81, 87 and 88 pounds from that stretch. In one night he and his son once caught 1,200 pounds of blue catfish, the biggest weighing 72 pounds. (Video by Michael Pearce / The Wichita Eagle)
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Thousands of purple martins fly in to roost in Wichita
Watch 10,000 purple martins roost
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James McGinn calls in a tame deer that spends time in their yard in Texas, called Lola. He said the deer was found three years ago, as a small fawn beside the road near their house, week and bloody. The fawn was driven the short distance to McGinn’s home, where the family nursed it back to health. It’s been free to come and go, since. (Video courtesy of James McGinn)
Biologists have been studying how Missouri's black bear population is growing. The occasional animal, from that population, is seen in southeastern Kansas. (Courtesy of the Missouri Department of Conservation)
By teaming up with local citizens statewide, the North Carolina Candid Critters wildlife survey continues to increase scientists’ knowledge of mammal distribution in the state as the largest-ever camera-trap study of its kind. (Courtesy of Jeremy Frieling and NC Museum of Natural Sciences)
About 10,000 purple martins had their communal roost in the line of ornamental trees east of Via Christi Hospital St. Francis on Wednesday night, July 26, 2017. The birds gather nightly for the next two weeks to being their annual migration to Brazil.
A mother hummingbird tends to its young on the back deck of Pat and Garry Porter's home. This video was shot a week ago and the birds now are ready to fledge, when they've been out of their tiny eggs for about 3 weeks. (Video by Bo Rader / The Wichita Eagle)
Acorns Resort at Milford Reservoir is probably Kansas' nicest, and largest, lodging facility on a major reservoir. Mike Harris, owner, describes what he thinks makes Acorns Resort special. (Video by Mike Pearce / The Wichita Eagle)
Are they fighting or dancing? The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officer who captured this footage of two bucks hitting each other with their front paws told the agency he believed the deer were fighting over a food plot. (Courtesy of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency / Facebook)
Kansas’ newest reservoir, with campgrounds and trails, is worth the drive. HorseThief Reservoir, owned by four western Kansas counties, is the state's newest public reservoir and is designed for all water sports, camping and hiking. (Video by Michael Pearce / The Wichita Eagle)
Rancher Greg Gardiner tours parts of his family's 48,000-acre ranch, nearly all of which was burned when fire swept through most of Clark and Comanche counties in early March. There are days, he said, when the thought of all that needs to be done can get overwhelming. (Video by Michael Pearce / The Wichita Eagle / June 5, 2017)
Flint Hills Nature Trail is 90 miles long, and growing, for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Flint Hills Nature Trail takes users through some of the state’s best prairie and woodland views. Camping and meals are available along the way. (Video by Bo Rader / The Wichita Eagle)
Lake levels from 3.5 to 18 feet above normal have left some of Kansas' most popular state parks with flooded campsites. Entire campgrounds are closed or partially closed at El Dorado and Cheney state parks, though both still have open spaces for Memorial Day weekend. (Video by Micheal Pearce / The Wichita Eagle)