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In this Saturday, July 23, 2011 file photograph, 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. 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. But 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. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)