By AJ Dome

Fly-by-night operation

Clearwater native conducts field studies of southern flying squirrel


January 26, 2023

Clearwater native Adam Ahlers will be part of a Kansas State University research project studying flying squirrels, which have moved into parts of Kansas and have been reported in southeast Nebraska.

Reprinted by permission from "The Mercury"

A mysterious mammal may be moving further into the Sunflower State.

A pair of Kansas State University researchers are beginning work on a three-year project to learn more about the prevalence of the southern flying squirrel in Kansas. One thing that the researchers would be excited to discover is a clue about why this small mammal glows hot pink under ultraviolet light.

"It's a strange phenomenon," associate professor Adam Ahlers said.

Ahlers grew up in Clearwater and graduated from Clearwater Hig in 1995.

He said, "No one is really for sure why th...

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