At the tip of the panhandle of Oklahoma, Black Mesa, the highest point in the state, is unlike any other region of Oklahoma. The panhandle is dominated by plowed fields of corn, wheat, and sorghum irrigated with water from the diminishing Ogallala aquifer. The panhandle is less flat then you would expect. Highway 412 goes … More Black Mesa!
Today was a first! An artist in the field with me! Debby Kaspari, natural history artist and illustrator, joined us in the field to sketch Least Terns. She is illustrating an article for Oklahoma Today about rivers in the state. It was a great day to show off our most promising tern colony – perfect … More Art
The Canadian River is my second office during the summer.
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!