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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: some data from the first week of April


As we have now left March 2020 in the rear-view mirror, I thought it might be a good idea to adjust my semi-weekly interpretation of national comparisons on #COVID-19 deaths and drill drown into some data from US states. Apropos … Continue reading

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Vet school for an Oklahoma State grad at the University of Glasgow: The Beginning


From the Adventures of Future Dr. Z via The Beginning

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The Wild Side for April 2019


Check out the latest newsletter of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s Wildlife Diversity Program. Note: Only do this if you want to learn cool stuff about wildlife in the Sooner State and how to support them through your education … Continue reading

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Violent storms and violet skies on the Oklahoma prairie


Though it’s not easy to orchestrate given my other commitments, a singular joy of mine is to head west each June for a whirlwind investment of about 24 hours in conducting the Lookout, OK Breeding Bird Survey route.     … Continue reading

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Battle of the Predators – Cooper’s Hawk versus Barred Owl


Who would win in a fight between a Cooper’s Hawk and a Barred Owl?  Hold that thought.  Now imagine it’s two owls versus one hawk.  Okay, proceed. Two nights ago, I had just finished some mowing when I heard a … Continue reading

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Who doesn’t love a watermelon?


I had hoped that by placing a juicy watermelon rind in front of a game camera I’d have some fun photos to enjoy.  I was right. The neat part is that it’s an independent test of my ability to identify … Continue reading

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Talkin’ birds on the radio – Sep. 2, 2015


I joined Steve Daniels and Master Gardener Keith Reed for a chat on Stillwater’s Morning Scramble yesterday morning.  A fun time was had by all.  In case you missed it:

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2015 Birdathon Big Day – Payne County, OK


On Saturday, 25 April, the Payne County Audubon Society hosted its annual Big Day competition as part of our two-month effort in April and May to raise the operating funds we’ll use in the coming year. Ideally, teams of birders … Continue reading

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A big raptor day in Oklahoma tallgrass prairie


I spent the day afield on Monday Dec. 29 with my avid birder nephews from Michigan.  After nabbing their lifer Lewis’s Woodpecker at Lake Carl Blackwell on Saturday, we planned to spend Monday in an effort to find them a … Continue reading

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Oklahoma Chapter of The Wildlife Society – fall 2014 Grapevine newsletter


The Oklahoma Chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its annual meeting in Tulsa, Feb. 11–13, 2015.  The meeting will be held jointly with the Oklahoma Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. Check out The Grapevine (attached) for details and … Continue reading

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jackrabbits on the edge


Although the range map from NatureServ shows them occurring widely across Oklahoma, I had not encountered Black-tailed Jackrabbit (Lepus californicus) east of I-35 in our state.  That is, of course, until last Thursday when I found some in a heavily … Continue reading

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eBird ease, and power


Are you eBirding?  Here’s why I think you should be.  I wrote the following in response to some questions about eBird on our OKbirds listerv.  The eBird-hesitant tend to worry that the learning curve is steep for eBird or that … Continue reading

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Common Buckeye on Big Bluestem


While on a field trip with my grad students last week, there were a couple of gorgeous Common Buckeye butterflies about.  This one sat still just long enough for me get a photo.

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The Grapevine Vol 37, #1: newsletter of the OK Chapter of The Wildlife Society


Check out news of our own NREM students participating in the 2012 Wildlife Conclave and other updates on wildlife issues in Oklahoma: vol37no1-sm

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ODWC Lesser Prairie-Chicken Conservation Action Plan


  May 30, 2012 A service of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation Oklahoma Lesser Prairie Chicken Conservation Action Plan draft available for public review and presentation The public is invited to provide comments on a draft conservation plan for … Continue reading

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Baby black vulture at Tishomingo NWR


Last weekend, I got to travel with one of my students to the Tishomingo NWR, about 3.5 hours due south of Stillwater, but still not into Texas. We were taking part in the annual spring meeting of the Oklahoma Ornithological … Continue reading

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