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!
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