The Wild Side - Your January Wildlife Update

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Jan. 24, 2019



Endangered Woodpecker Featured on Outdoor Oklahoma

The McCurtain County Wilderness Area recently turned 100 and the Wildlife Department's Outdoor Oklahoma film crew celebrated by highlighting the work our biologists are doing to help the population of red-cockaded woodpeckers that call the historic area home.

Check out the full Outdoor Oklahoma episode

Trumpeter Swan


Species Spotlight:  Trumpeter Swan

A giant of the wetlands, the trumpeter swan is the heaviest of North American waterfowl. These birds can weigh more than 25 pounds and have wingspans that can exceed more than 6 feet.

Small numbers of trumpeter swans are seen on ponds, sloughs and small lakes in Oklahoma each winter – usually between the months of December and February. These birds appear to come from at least two different nesting areas. Most of the wintering trumpeter swans that are seen in central and eastern Oklahoma have arrived from the nesting population in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. Swans seen in western Oklahoma have likely migrated from a nesting area in South Dakota, Wyoming and Nebraska. Report your sightings at

Learn more about this bird from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology



Buy or Renew Your Conservation Passport

Oklahoma’s network of Wildlife Management Areas offers plenty of wildlife watching, hiking and photography opportunities, and the Wildlife Department recently made the process of purchasing a conservation passport or hunting or fishing license to access these lands more user-friendly.

The newly launched Go Outdoors Oklahoma Online Licensing System lets you buy or renew your conservation passport or other licenses in a few simple steps. The conservation passport grants access to more than 50 Wildlife Management Areas and gives non-hunters and anglers a different way to support conservation efforts in Oklahoma. Find license requirements and closed seasons for each WMA in the Oklahoma Hunting and Fishing Guide

Buy or renew your conservation passport at

Calendar of Events

Bald Eagle Watches

Statewide at State Parks and Refuges

Chicken Hawks and Hoot Owls Tour

Feb. 9, 2019
Hackberry Flat Center

Great Backyard Bird Count

Feb. 15-18, 2019

Project Feeder Watch

Now - April 5


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, private donors and tax checkoff dollars. 

Get involved with the Wildlife Diversity Program and learn more about Oklahoma's nongame wildlife at: