Oklahoma’s Environmental Riches – More Links

We will be having a live conversation on KCNP – Chickasaw Community Radio, 89.5 FM on Wednesday, Jan 14.  You can also listen to it on the web where the show will be archived.   Full details are at their website at http://www.kcnpradio.org/connections.htm

In anticipation of the broadcast I will be posting some links here.   Don’t forget: there are plenty of Oklahoma maps to be found here on my blog too!  Everything Oklahoma that can be mapped – geology, climate, vegetation, just search this blog for “maps”.  Of course I would be very excited to hear about any others that I should add.   Just submit your comment and I’ll get right after it.

Winter Birdfeeding in Oklahoma, here is an article in Oklahoma Outdoors, 2012 by Rachel Bradley, that describes some of the birds in our area and how to attract them.  It also has links for Oklahoma birdwatchers.  https://www.wildlifedepartment.com/wildlifemgmt/diversity/2011winterbirdfeeder.pdf

Oklahoma’s rich biodiversity:   Wikipedia says ” Oklahoma contains 10 distinct ecological regions, more per square mile than in any other state by a wide margin”.  This delightful little article then goes to to describe each of these regions, with links to most of them.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geography_of_Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s Rich Biodiversity:  Talking points


Herps:    “Oklahoma is rich in reptiles and amphibians, ranking third of all fifty states in number of species”.

Source:  http://digital.library.okstate.edu/encyclopedia/entries/R/RE029.html

Approximately 80 species are identified in Oklahoma.

Birds: There are currently 417 species of birds recognized in Oklahoma.  Compare this to 639 in Texas with 5 times the landmass, and merely 113 in HawaiiThe Oklahoma checklist of birds is at http://okbirds.org/obrc-official-checklist.htm   A major website for birders in Oklahoma is  www.okbirds.org

Mammals:  Approximately 101 native species of mammals in the state.  http://digital.library.okstate.edu/encyclopedia/entries/M/MA008.html

A working checklist of the identified and probable mammals of Oklahoma,  from UCO at Chickasha can be found at   http://biology.uco.edu/uconhm/pdf/MAMMALS_OF_OKLAHOMA_August_24_2009.pdf

A more detailed list of mammals, with a paragraph or two about each one and a nice reference section is available at http://www.nsrl.ttu.edu/publications/opapers/ops/op181.pdf

The Sam Noble Museum of Natural History has a mammal list and an easy key which is posted at http://www.snomnh.ou.edu/collections-research/cr-sub/mammalogy/mammalkey/index.shtml

The current favorite book is the classic hardcover  “Mammals of Oklahoma” by William Caire and Bryan P. Glass.

Fishes:  There are around 175 to 180 species of fishes in Oklahoma.  The differences in numbers usually reflects changes in how certain species are classified.

“Most anglers are aware that our state is home to one of the most diverse and productive fisheries in the nation.”  “A Field Guide to Fishes of Oklahoma”, pub. Oklahoma Department of Wildlife.

One list is the Wikipedia species list at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fish_of_Oklahoma

An older, foundational list and description is found at http://digital.library.okstate.edu/oAs/oas_pdf/v72/p7_19.pdf

A current and favorite book is “Fishes of Oklahoma” by Miller and Robison, 2004.  It is available in hardcover or paperback and is full of color and B&W drawings, descriptions and maps.


Butterflies:  A list of the butterflies of Oklahoma http://www.thebutterflysite.com/oklahoma-butterflies.shtml

Crawdads – 28 to 30 species of crayfish in Oklahoma.  A species list is at http://iz.carnegiemnh.org/crayfish/country_pages/state_pages/oklahoma.htm

A full 57-page document with a description of each one is at http://www.academia.edu/4889895/Crayfishes_Decapoda_Cambaridae_of_Oklahoma_identification_distributions_and_natural_history


Over 1000 square miles of water.

55,646 miles of shoreline: 2,000 miles more than the Atlantic and the Gulf coasts combined.

Water use information and facts are at http://www.owrb.ok.gov/util/waterfact.php


Oklahoma’s geology varies from the most ancient, precambrian rocks to the sand and gravel washed out from the end of the last ice age merely 10,000 years ago.  It include the  ancient, Pre-cambrian granite in the Wichita Mountains to the southwest, more modern  Cenozoic deposits in much of the state, with dry, salty Permian deposits in the northwest, extensive Cretaceous limestone deposits in the south and carboniferous mountains in the East.  Much of this can be seen crammed altogether in the Arbuckle Mountains near Davis and Ardmore.