Archive | June 2012

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Create a Monarch waystation

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like Monarch butterflies, yet it seems most of America is hell-bent on contributing to their demise. A Monarch caterpillar on Tropical Milkweed in my yard. The Monarch is another species in trouble due to habitat loss, both in the U.S. and Mexico.  This is the only migrating butterfly and […]

Decision on Lesser Prairie Chicken status due soon

Most Sooners with an interest in wildlife conservation are familiar with the Lesser Prairie Chicken and it’s fight for survival in the short-grass prairies of northwestern Oklahoma. The Lesser has been a candidate for protection under the Endangered Species Act since 1998, and the U.S. Kansas Dept of Parks, Wildlife & Tourism photo. Fish and […]

OK Nature flickr group off to a stellar start

A Wheel Bug stalks a skipper by Gene Blackburn. Our flickr photo sharing group, Oklahoma Nature Pics,  is off to a stellar start. In less than three weeks we have over 50 members and more than 300 quality Oklahoma nature photos in our gallery.  This group is small enough that you feel like you know […]

A visit to the ancient mountains…

I recently profiled the Wichita Mountains here, but I’m not sure one can get too much of a good thing.  OK. I can think of a couple of things that can be carried to excess, but not enjoying Oklahoma’s diverse natural world, nor 12-year old Dalmore.  Carolyn and I took a short visit to the […]

Profile of an Oklahoma naturalist…

Oklahoma is home to many folks that harbor a deep appreciation of the natural world.  Some are trained professionals, but most are just regular people who make a living doing something unrelated to nature and spend their spare time doing what they love.  Many pursue their passion through photography, spending weekends and stolen moments preserving […]

Popular birding app on sale

For a couple of years now, I’ve always had a bird guide with me 24/7.  It’s iBird Explorer Pro loaded on my iphone.   It’s not the most comprehensive nor best source for identifying birds, but it’s my most used guide.  It’s especially useful because you can listen to a bird’s call and identify it […]

Where did the horny toad go?

A lot of Okies recall seeing, catching and playing with ‘horny toads’ as kids, but most of us don’t see them anymore.  Even sadder is the fact that so many don’t wonder where they went and I guess some don’t care.  Oklahoma City resident Stefanie Leland cares and has produced a 74-minute documentary titled Where […]