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Canoes, kayaks lured to Kansas' prairie river

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Paddlers take stop on a sandbar along the Kansas River near DeSoto, Kan.

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A Great Blue Heron wades in the shallows of the Kansas River near Lawrence, Kan. Until recently, few visitors were able to paddle the river -- also known as the Kaw -- to see the eagles and herons that fish here and perch in the cottonwoods, sycamores and willows along its banks.

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A bald eagle misses on a strike in the shallow waters next to a Kansas River sandbar near Lawrence, Kan. An environmental advocacy group called Friends of the Kaw has been working with communities over the past decade to add boat-launch areas and to take groups out on the river to see the wildlife that calls it home.

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Di McHenry and Katie Plefferkorn paddle along the Kansas River three miles from the finish of the Kawnivore 100 ultra-marathon canoe race in Lawrence, Kan.

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A bald eagle swoops over the Kansas River. Its fledglings have already hatched, but its large nest is hard to miss, nestled in a tree along the water. Until recently, few visitors were able to paddle the river -- also known as the Kaw -- to see the eagles and herons that fish here and perch in the cottonwoods, sycamores and willows along its banks.
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    • Paddlers take stop on a sandbar along the Kansas River near DeSoto, Kan.
    • A Great Blue Heron wades in the shallows of the Kansas River near Lawrence, Kan. Until recently, few visitors were able to paddle the river  also known as the Kaw  to see the eagles and herons that fish here and perch in the cottonwoods, sycamores and willows along its banks.
    • A bald eagle misses on a strike in the shallow waters next to a Kansas River sandbar near Lawrence, Kan. An environmental advocacy group called Friends of the Kaw has been working with communities over the past decade to add boat-launch areas and to take groups out on the river to see the wildlife that calls it home.
    • Di McHenry and Katie Plefferkorn paddle along the Kansas River three miles from the finish of the Kawnivore 100 ultra-marathon canoe race in Lawrence, Kan.
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