After a year of having no in-person contact with students, I am happy to say that I now have two enthusiastic women assisting in the lab. Abby and Ritu joined me a few weeks ago to help grow pollinator habitat plants, revitalize the milkweed research beds (that had mostly been abandoned during our COVID shutdown), … More Welcome New Assistants!
As part of our Oklahoma Invasive Plant Council monthly webinar series, we thought we would go for a fun and seasonal theme this month! To give away the answer – no mistletoe isn’t invasive, but I highly recommend that you join our webinar or watch the recorded webinar to better understand what invasive means and … More Is Mistletoe Invasive?
Given this virtual age we have entered with a lack of in-person outreach events, I have decided to start a podcast where I talk with our BioBlitz! experts. Honestly, I have never done anything like this before, but I thought, “What the heck? I will just dive right in and get this thing rolling!” I … More I started a Podcast!
1261 Species Recorded by 393 BioBlitzers! Watch our super nerdy Inventory Highlight video! You can check out all of the iNaturalist observations in the Check out the BioBlitz! OK 2020 project. Although we weren’t all together this year, we still had amazing participation from people across the state! We had BioBitz activities at several parks … More BioBlitz! OK 2020 is in the Books!
A few years ago, I decided that I was just going to jump in and start improving the biodiversity of the boring mowed spaces in our human habitats. I regularly limit myself by claiming that “I am not an expert” or “I don’t know enough” to tackle a project. However, as I get older (maybe … More Pollinator Meadows!
I am participating in #shutdownstem today. I will spend the day educating myself and beginning a plan to make BioBlitz! Oklahoma actively anti-racist. I want all citizen scientists to feel welcome and included at BioBlitz! Oklahoma! https://www.shutdownstem.com/
A couple weeks ago, I started seeing these bees curling up their abdomens and showing off the pollen collected on their fuzzy undersides. The picture doesn’t show it well, but the curling up of the abdomen is really conspicuous. Along with this curling up, I also observed, what appeared to be, aggressive behavior to others … More Bottoms Up!
Working from home and hearing the birds in my neighborhood this spring has me in better tune with the nesting and fledging cycle than when I am gone 8+ hours a day shut in an office building. This year, I was well aware of the cardinal nest in the overgrown rose bush near the front … More So many bird families!
Since I am working at home this spring and summer and not doing regular field work, I am taking the opportunity to learn a little more about my urban biodiversity. I am best at butterflies and birds right now, so keeping those lists are easy. Here are the species of butterflies that I have seen … More 13 Butterflies
Happy World Bee Day! Until a few years ago, I was unenlightened about bees, especially native bees. Like most people, I thought most bees were like European honey bees (Apis mellifera) – lived in hives, made tasty honey, died when they stung you, do a waggle dance to tell their friends where the good flowers … More Learning the bees