December Wild Side Update

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Decade of Study


Insights from a Decade of Wildlife Study

The Wildlife Department has long been dedicated to the discovery of what makes our fish and wildlife populations thrive. Sometimes that discovery starts with a search of the state to find where the animals are living, and sometimes the search leads to more questions. As we prepare to enter a new decade of wildlife study, we checked in with the Wildlife Department’s Wildlife Diversity staff for their insights into research and surveys that have wrapped up in the past 10 years.

Lessons Learned from a Decade of Surveys and Research

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Species Spotlight:  American Robin

Though American robins are readily identified as a first sign of spring they can be found year-round in Oklahoma. In fact, Oklahoma’s robin population peaks during winter months; even though our nesting birds migrate south, they are replaced with robins that nested in more northern states. Robins are relatively large for songbirds; adults have a bright bill, a reddish orange belly and grayish-brown head, back and tail.

Facts, photos, maps and calls are waiting at

CBC Birder


Count Birds with Audubon

Audubon's Christmas Bird Count – our nation’s longest-running community science project – kicked off its 120th year and you can be a part of the birding tradition! More than 20 counts are scheduled across the state from Dec. 14, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020. Learn more about the annual count and then check out the below link for a map and contact information for Oklahoma counts.

Reach out to a Count Leader Near You

Calendar of Events


Eagle Watches

Details for multiple watches found at

First Day Hikes
Jan. 1, 2020

Duck! Duck! Goose! & Hawks! Tour
Jan. 4, 2020

Hackberry Flat Center, near Frederick


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 funded in part by sales of Wildlife Department license plates, publication sales, and tax checkoff dollars.