Wildlife Diversity Update for October

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October 25, 2017

Ozark Big-eared Bat


Ozark Refuge an Oasis for Bats

Home to Oklahoma’s longest known cave system, the wooded and cavernous Ozark Plateau National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Oklahoma provides great habitat for bats. At least 10 species have been documented in the county, three of which are considered threatened or endangered.

This bat hotspot has been a regular meeting place for biologists interested in counting the number of bats using the area and monitoring the population for the effects of a relatively new bat disease known as white-nose syndrome.

Watch the video or read more to learn about recent research efforts

Redspot Chub


Species Spotlight:  Redspot Chub

Only four states have the clear gravel-bottom streams redspot chubs rely on, and Oklahoma is home to the bulk of the population. These fish are named for their eye-catching red spot and feed primarily on insects and crustaceans.

Learn more about redspot chub in the Wildlife Department's Field Guide

The Changing Guard


The Changing Guard

Almost as soon as the fair weather hawks fade into summer’s memories, a new set of hawks are landing in our state. Four species of hawks regularly join Oklahoma’s three year-round residents by mid-fall to make the most of our state’s relatively mild winters and abundant food sources.

Get tips for identifying winter’s winged hunters



Falling for Butterflies

Though butterfly activity tends to wane with falling temperatures, plenty of these eye-catching insects are still on the wing. In fact, early fall is a great time to watch butterflies at Red Slough Wildlife Management Area in southeastern Oklahoma.

Learn more about Red Slough’s butterfly diversity and get the secret to prime butterfly watching


Calendar of Events


Bat Week

October 24-31, 2017

Project Feeder Watch

November 11, 2017 - April 13, 2018

Report the birds that visit your feeder to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology once a

week during the 21-week survey. Join the national survey for $18. 


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

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