Wildlife Diversity Update for May

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May 24, 2018

Health Check for Amphibians


Sam Noble Museum Tests Oklahoma's Amphibians

Two infectious diseases that affect the skin of amphibians have been detected in Oklahoma. The Wildlife Department recently partnered with the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History to sample frogs and salamanders from 36 conservation areas and track the presence and emergence of chytrid fungus and ranavirus in our amphibians. No dead amphibians were found during the course of this project. 

See where the diseases were detected

Eastern Red Bat


Species Spotlight: Eastern Red Bat

One of two bat species that can be found in every county of our state, the eastern red bat is often seen flying below streetlights and along edges of tree-covered areas. Red bats have a furred tail and can have up to five young. Occasionally, these bats become grounded with their dependent pups after spring storms. Because they are not able to take flight from the ground, they may be more susceptible to predation. Using gloved hands, gently move the bat and attached pups to a nearby tree branch, close to the trunk.

Learn more about red bats in this short video

Grasshopper Sparrow


Wildlife Department Partners with Conservation Groups for Bird Survey

Survey teams with the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies spent many early morning hours in 2017 counting western Oklahoma's breeding bird community. These counts later helped the Playa Lakes Joint Venture map where birds like the grasshopper sparrow are most abundant.

Learn more about the survey

RCW Chicks


Woodpeckers of the Wilderness Area

The treetops of McCurtain County's Wilderness Area's shortleaf pines are busy this spring as red-cockaded woodpeckers are searching for insects to bring back to their growing chicks. 

Biologists are monitoring at least seven woodpecker pairs

Tulsa and Cleveland County Wildscapes Certified

  • Life Lab - Eisenhower International School, Tulsa County:  Wildlife Habitat #476
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Students at the Eisenhower International School created a garden to bring in pollinators. The garden provides nectar-producing plants for adults as well as plants for caterpillars

  • WildCare Foundation, Cleveland County:  Wildlife Garden #44


Birds, frogs and toads enjoy this water feature. The branch positioned over the stream provides a place for birds to perch and check out the surrounding area before going down to drink or bathe. 

Calendar of Events


Selman Bat Watch Registration

May 29 - June 8


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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