Archive | July 2012

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Why do does have antlers?

Antlered  doe in late July at Lake Thunderbird.  Photo by L. Dillon Have you ever noticed that Oklahoma deer regulations don’t specify harvest of ‘bucks only’, but rather refer to ‘antlered deer’?  That’s because some does have antlers.  I first saw the antlered doe in the photo in 2009.  I’ve photographed her many times since.  […]

Drought, heat bring burn bans…

Twenty-two Oklahoma counties are under a burn ban because of  high temperatures and drought conditions. Oklahoma Forestry Service photo. Burn ban decisions are made on the county level and specific rules for each ban — and penalties for violating the bans — vary by county. Each is effective for no more than 30 days unless […]

Clean Line Energy, ODWC enter agreement on lesser prairie chicken habitat

Today’s Oklahoman announces an electricity transmission company interested in taking wind power from the Oklahoma Panhandle to other states has signed an agreement with state conservation officials to protect the habitat of the lesser prairie chicken during development of its projects. Photo: Wikipedia Commons. The lesser prairie chicken is a candidate for listing as a […]

Insect collection workshops slated at OSU

Insect collection workshops slated at The Botanic Garden at OSU Eastern Tiger Swallowtail by L. Dillon. STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahomans who have a curiosity about the fascinating world of insects will have the opportunity to expand their interest through a series of educational workshops that will take place at The Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State […]

Mowing methods that protect wildlife

I’m pleased to see a good conservation article in the Norman Transcript written by Heath Herje with the Cleveland County Cooperative Extension service.  He points out that simply changing the timing and mowing pattern  of a hayfield can save wildlife from being killed.  While his article is directed at those in agriculture, the mowing patterns […]

OKC Bombing Memorial vs. Purple Martins

Some Oklahoma bird lovers are up in arms about Purple Martins being sprayed with water at the OKC Bombing Memorial.  It’s the time of year when the martins flock together prior to migration.  And there can be thousands in a flock.  It seems the martins have chosen the Bombing Memorial as a roosting site, leaving […]

West Nile Virus in OK

State Health Officials Warn of West Nile Virus Resurgence Evidence of a resurgence of West Nile virus has state health officials warning Oklahomans to take precautions against the mosquito-borne illness this summer. Image: Wikipedia commons. “The first WNV case in a Pittsburgh County man and positive mosquito tests in Tulsa County are a reminder that […]