Wildlife Diversity Update for September

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September 27, 2018

Least Sandpiper


Go Behind the Photographer's Lens

Each year, sandpipers fly more than 2,000 miles from their high-Arctic breeding grounds to their South American wintering grounds. Along the way, they must take short breaks to rest and refuel on small aquatic crustaceans. Hackberry Flat Wildlife Management Area in southwestern Oklahoma is a stopover for many of those sandpipers. Area biologist Kelvin Schoonover recently pointed out a mass of the small shorebirds frantically probing the exposed mud to fellow biologist and photographer Jeremiah Zurenda, who saw an opportunity to combine his love for the outdoors and his passion for photography.

Find out what it took to get eye to eye with these long-distance migrants

Plains Leopard Frog


Species Spotlight: Plains Leopard Frog

Fall rains can create a second peak in the breeding season of many Oklahoma frogs, including the plains leopard frog. Common in the western one-third of the state, these spotted frogs frequent ponds and marshy areas.

Learn more in the Wildlife Department's online field guide

Pollinator Video

What to Plant for Pollinators

Oklahoma’s plant and pollinator diversity is immense. OSU Extension Service’s Dave Hillock helps homeowners identify plants that can be added to a backyard wildscape to benefit pollinators in a recent episode of Outdoor Oklahoma.

Watch the clip to learn about pollinator-friendly plants

Federal Duck Stamp 2018

Put Your Stamp on Conservation

Wetland conservation across the United States has been signed, sealed, and delivered with a stamp. The Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp – better known as the Duck Stamp – features original, hand-drawn creations of ducks and other waterfowl, and has been a groundgbreaking way for sportsmen to contribute to habitat conservation. Ninety-eight cents of every dollar is used to purchase wetland habitat in the U.S. – protecting more than 5.7 million acres to date.

The Federal Duck Stamp is one piece of a four-part licensing system for Oklahoma waterfowl hunters 16 years and older. But non-hunters, like bird watchers and other nature enthusiasts can purchase the federal and state stamps to support habitat conservation for other wetland-dependent migratory birds. Species like black-necked stilts, white-faced ibis, king rail, and a host of amphibians and reptiles all benefit from wetland conservation.

Turn beautiful artwork into wetlands

Calendar of Events

Monarch Butterfly Watch

Sept. 30, Oct. 1-2 and 5-6
Hackberry Flat Center

 Great Plains Fire Summit

Oct. 1-3

BioBlitz! Oklahoma

Oct. 5-7 (Registration ends at 8 a.m. Oct. 3)
Greenleaf State Park

Blue Goose Days

October 20, 9:30 am to 2 p.m.

Bat Week 2018

October 24-31


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