Wildlife Diversity Update for November

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November 22, 2017

Gray Bat


Help Oklahoma's Bats by Spreading the Word

Oklahoma's bats and cave managers are facing new challenges with the confirmation of white-nose syndrome, a relatively new bat disease caused by a fungus. Wildlife biologists with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation are concerned how this disease will affect our bat populations in the future. 

Get tips for preventing the spread of the fungus and learn more about Oklahoma's bats

White-throated Sparrow


Species Spotlight:  White-throated Sparrow

Winter visitors to the state, white-throated sparrows are common to central and eastern Oklahoma from late October through early May. These birds can be found flocking to brush piles or backyard bird feeding stations and are readily identified by the namesake white throat and the bright yellow feathers located between the eye and bill.

Learn more about white-throated sparrows in the Wildlife Department's Field Guide



Dinosaur-looking Turtles Emerge From Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery

Oklahoma's only national fish hatchery has been helping the Sooner State and surrounding states rebuild their alligator snapping turtle population. Turtles are hatched from a pingpong ball-sized egg and given a head-start at the Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery where they can grow without the constant danger of predation. More than 1,700 alligator snapping turtles have been released in four states as part of these efforts. 

Learn how this restocking program has built alligator snapper numbers

Red Slough_Fall


Red Slough Makes Top Ten List

Red Slough WMA was recently named one of the U.S. Forest Service's NatureWatch Top Ten Nature Viewing Sites. Originally a functional rice farm, this area is now one of the largest, most biologically diverse Wetland Reserve Projects in the nation. 

Plan your next trip with NatureWatch's Story Map

Calendar of Events


Eagle Watch

November 25, 2017

Lake Thunderbird State Park, Norman


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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