Organizing BioBlitz! Oklahoma is one of my favorite jobs! I love bringing together biologists and citizen scientists to explore the biodiversity of Oklahoma. I would love to host a spring BioBlitz!, but the volatile weather and crazy school schedules make this a logistical nightmare. So my solution is to host a virtual BioBlitz! using iNaturalist. … More Virtual Spring BioBlitz!
On a chilly Saturday in March, over 30 attendees – landowners, native plant enthusiasts, conservationists, and kids – braved the grey skies and learned about private land conservation. We even got to see the namesake of the property – a copperhead snake! Check out the Photo Gallery of the event on March 25th! I am excited … More Successful Field Day!
I am super excited to announce my new project – Field Days! These will be educational Field Days highlighting topics of interest to land conservationists – landowners, biologists, land managers, conservation minded citizens. I am trying to organize them to appeal to landowners interested in maintaining natural diversity on their property and people simply interested in learning more … More Spring Field Days!
Our first real snow may come tonight! Crazy to have a 70 degrees on Monday and 80% chance of snow early Friday morning. Maybe I will take my laptop home, just in case!
The Shortest Day And so the Shortest Day came and the year died And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world Came people singing, dancing, To drive the dark away. They lighted candles in the winter trees; They hung their homes with evergreen; They burned beseeching fires all night long To keep the year … More Winter Solstice
Winter is a season of recovery and preparation. –Paul Theroux I have spent the last few weeks organizing, cataloging, writing, thinking, planning, strategizing, and coordinating. Although not technically winter, this is the season for many temperate climate field biologists to hunker down to think, ruminate, analyze. We look out our office window and wish we could … More Recover and Prepare
The bald eagle population in Oklahoma is soaring, not just with the seasonal influx of the wintering eagles, but the number of breeding pairs continues to rise each year. When the bald eagle was added to the federal list of endangered species in Oklahoma in 1978, there were no breeding eagles in our state and … More Eagles are Returning!