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!
When the weather turns cold, plants stop growing, and the birds go south, I , like most temperate biologists, go inside to labor over paperwork and office tasks. We work on reports to agencies, type our field data into complicated spreadsheets, apply for grants so we can continue to spend our summers outside, and write up … More Returned Mail and Making Connections
When I talk about land conservation in Oklahoma, I almost always preface the discussion by citing the statistic that more than 95% of land in Oklahoma is privately owned (that makes us 9th in the U.S. for percentage of the state being privately owned – link for more data). My point in referencing this percentage is to emphasize … More Land Protection in Oklahoma
The weather has been staying warm, which keeps the lake water temperature high enough to still support aquatic plant growth. However, day light is diminishing and plants are beginning to senesce. We have snuck in a few more lake surveys these past couple weeks and might squeeze another last trip in next week. The field … More Field Season Winding Down
Last week I began a four year project funded by the State Wildlife Grant Program through the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation to survey Oklahoma’s public lakes for aquatic invasive plant species. My summer research assistant, Kayleigh, and I are starting locally to make sure we have a good protocol for the surveys in case I … More Lakes: 15 down, 133 to go!
I have seen several initiatives for monarch conservation this year. In the US and Canada, the focus is providing caterpillar food sources in the form of milkweed. A variety of programs are giving out free seeds and information about the monarch life cycle. I recommend visiting the Monarch Watch webpage for lots of good information. One … More Monarchs & Milkweeds
Spring is a biologically wonderful time of year – buds are bursting, summer birds are returning, larvae are hatching, and biologists are antsy to get outside again. As coordinator for BioBlitz! Oklahoma, I have been asked why don’t we have the event in spring or early summer when all this fun stuff is going on. … More Spring Virtual BioBlitz!