Wildlife Diversity Update

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August 23, 2017

The Wild Side!

OSU student Megan Roselli with Carolina Wren


To Catch the Early Bird

Oklahoma's urban landscapes attract a variety of outdoor recreationists and an even wider variety of wildlife, including songbirds. A team of researchers from Oklahoma State University has been working in a number of OKC Metro area parks to learn more about these birds and their role in tick dispersal. 

Learn more about this research effort and what it takes to catch the early bird

Northern Long-eared Bat


Species Spotlight:  Northern Long-eared Bat

Talented foragers, northern long-eared bats are found throughout portions of eastern Oklahoma. These federally-threatened bats are considered "gleaners." Northern long-eared bats find insects on the surface of vegetation or water using echolocation and then swoop in to capture the stationary insect while remaining airborne.

Learn more in the Wildlife Department's Field Guide

John Skeen Retires


Biologist Spends Career Helping Endangered Woodpecker

After 35 years as a biologist with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, the last 25 of which have been spent climbing ladders to reach the nests of endangered woodpeckers, John Skeen will reach the top rung of his accomplished career - retirement. 

Learn more about Skeen's work

Champion Scissor-tailed Flycatchers


Champion Scissor-tailed Flycatchers this Summer

Great ambassadors for our state, scissor-tailed flycatchers are both striking and graceful. Only a handful of states host this Neotropical migrant and Oklahoma is the center of this flycather's nesting range. 

Get three suggestions for championing our state bird from the Wildlife Diversity Program

Calendar of Events

Saturday Morning Bird Walk

Sept. 2, 2017

8 a.m.

Oxley Nature Center, Tulsa

Wildlife Expo

Sept. 23 & 24, 2017

Saturday:  9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sunday:  9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Lazy E Arena, Guthrie


The Wild Side e-newsletter is a project of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's Wildlife Diversity Program. The Wildlife Diversity Program monitors, manages and promotes rare, declining, and endangered wildlife, as well as common wildlife not fished or hunted. It is primarily funded by the sales of Wildlife Department license plates, publication sales and private donors. 

Get involved with the Wildlife Diversity Program and learn more about Oklahoma's nongame wildlife at: wildlifedepartment.com