Wildlife Diversity Update for November

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Nov. 15, 2018

OKC Zoo and ODWC


OKC Zoo Helps Survey Oklahoma's Wildlife

The Wildlife Department and Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden have long partnered to survey and learn more about Oklahoma’s wildlife, with a special focus on birds and bats. This year, zoo staff pitched in with the first bat survey conducted at Drummond Flats Wildlife Management Area and helped survey Ellis, Harper, Woods and Woodward counties for lesser prairie-chicken and other prairie-dwelling birds. At least eight species of mammals and 33 species of birds were documented in the five-county survey area.

This partnership helps the Wildlife Department survey larger areas of the state and is funded by the OKC Zoo Conservation Fund.

White-crowned Sparrow_Wolfgang Wander


Species Spotlight: White-crowned Sparrow

Fall and winter migrants are returning to Oklahoma! A series of prominent stripes on the head – four black and three white – help distinguish the white-crowned sparrow from other common backyard songbirds. These common sparrows have been documented statewide.

Learn more in the Wildlife Department's online field guide

Melynda Hickman bio of year 2018 SEAFWA


Hickman Honored for Commitment to Oklahoma's Wildlife

Melynda Hickman with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation was recently named 2018 Wildlife Biologist of the Year by the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies during the organization’s annual meeting in Mobile, Ala., last month. Hickman was recognized for outstanding accomplishments and dedication to the Selman Bat Cave WMA and annual Selman Bat Watch, Hackberry Flat Center, and the Great Plains Trail of Oklahoma.

Learn more about Hickman's commitment to wildlife

Walk-in Wildlife Viewing Area

Eldorado Walk-in Area a Birding Goldmine

Looking for a new wildlife-based road trip destination? Try the Eldorado Walk-in Area in Jackson County. The 320-acre private property was recently leased for wildlife viewing by the Wildlife Department’s Oklahoma Land Access Program. Hunting is not allowed on this OLAP area.

Get directions and entrance information

Calendar of Events

Project Feeder Watch

Nov. 10 - April 5

Eagle Watch

Nov. 24
Lake Thunderbird State Park

Sutton Award Scholarship Program (Grades 10-12)

Submission period for artwork and essay:  Dec. 1 - Jan. 10

Christmas Bird Count

Dec. 14, 2018 - Jan. 5, 2019


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