March Wild Side Update

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Blue Jay_Kevin Wynn RPS 2018


The Outdoors Are Always Open

Have some spare time on your hands? Getting outdoors can be a great way to practice social distancing while enjoying some needed fresh air! Whether it's birding, hunting, fishing, hiking or photography, spending time outside is a great way to take a mental health break.

Before spending time in the outdoors, be sure to check out and follow guidance from the Oklahoma Department of Health to minimize the spread of COVID-19. To help you stay healthy, we urge you to follow the same social distancing practices in the woods and on the water as you would in other settings. 

Stay connected to nature while social distancing

Softshell_Gene Blackwell RPS 2019


Outdoor Oklahoma's Photo Contest Open for Entries

Each year the Wildlife Department features more than 100 stunning images, like this photograph of a spiny softshell turtle by Gene Blackwell of Heavener, in its Outdoor Oklahoma Readers’ Photography Showcase. Share your photos of Oklahoma’s great outdoors by April 15 for your chance to be featured in the July/August issue of the Wildlife Department’s magazine.  

Submit up to four of your favorite original photos before April 15

Cajun Chorus Frog


Species Spotlight:  Cajun Chorus Frog

Cajun chorus frogs may only be 1.25 inches long, but their trilling call can echo across eastern Oklahoma’s flooded fields, pond edges and even roadside ditches in early spring. These secretive frogs are more often heard than seen. Their call is often compared to the sound of a thumb running down the teeth of a comb.

Learn more in the Wildlife Department's Online Guide

Frosted Elfin_OBS


Calling All Citizen Scientists! 

The Oklahoma Biological Survey is searching for a small butterfly known as the frosted elfin and its host plant, yellow wild indigo. Share your sightings of the butterfly or its host plant.

Learn more about the frosted elfin project

Tax Refund Donation_Final 2020


Help Oklahoma's Wildlife on State Tax Return

Tax filers can help the Wildlife Department learn more about our state’s fish and wildlife by donating a portion of their 2019 refund to the Wildlife Diversity Fund. This fund is dedicated to Oklahoma’s nongame species and can turn donations into surveys for our rare and declining species.

The Oklahoma income tax filing deadline has been extended to July 15, 2020. 

Show your support on Schedule 511-H of the Oklahoma Resident Income Tax Return 

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.

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