The Wild Side - Your February Wildlife Update

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Feb. 21, 2019



Oklahoma Lakes Surveyed for Invasive Plants

Priscilla Crawford, conservation biologist for the Oklahoma Biological Survey, is on the hunt for invasive plants. So far, she’s visited more than 100 Oklahoma lakes to see if invasive aquatic plants like hydrilla, yellow iris, and parrot’s feather have reached specific waterbodies in our state.

Find out how invasive plants affect our lakes and how you can help Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers

Ozark Cavefish


Species Spotlight:  Ozark Cavefish

Ozark caves are filled with mysteries – including the small and translucent Ozark cavefish! In Oklahoma, these federally threatened fish are known from six caves, but little is known about their life history.

Learn more in the Wildlife Department's online field guide

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Help the Wildlife Department Monitor Nest Boxes

Bluebird enthusiasts have been partnering with the Wildlife Department for more than 30 years to monitor nest boxes and have documented nearly 67,000 fledgling bluebirds since 1985! You can add to that number by sharing your nest box records with the Wildlife Department’s Oklahoma Nest Box Trails Program. Install one or more nest boxes in your backyard, monitor and record any activity, control competition from nonnative house sparrows and other predators, and share your results at the end of the nesting season.

Get started with the Oklahoma Nest Box Trails Program

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Adding a Wildlife Conservation specialty license plate to your vehicle is a great way to help the Wildlife Diversity Program fund surveys of rare or declining nongame fish and wildlife. Twenty dollars of the $39 fee ($36.50 for renewals) goes to the Wildlife Department. Wildlife Conservation Plate fees are in addition to annual registration fees. The application for a pre-numbered or personalized plate is available at

Calendar of Events

Bald Eagle Watches

Statewide at State Parks and Refuges

Oklahoma Native Plant Society Presents Author Heather Holm

March 1 at the Tulsa Garden Center
March 2 at the OSU-OKC Allied Health Auditorium

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, and tax checkoff dollars

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