Wetland and aquatic plants of Oklahoma

If you do any environmental work with kids you will eventually be drawn to the water’s edge – or get deeper into it!   All of us who do this need to know the basic aquatic plants.  This site will help you in two ways.

First, it has the easiest key you will ever find.  You use pictures, photographs and short descriptions, not the detailed descriptions in Latin that we had to learn for Waterfall’s book back in the day.  Granted, these keys might not take you down to the most specific level but they can give you an answer in less than a minute to “what plant is that?”.   This is one reason to (carefully!) take that laptop into the field.

Second, it provides great photographs to many of the plants, but not all.  Did I mention that this is a work in progress?

Third, there are range maps for most of these plants.  I know, I said there were two reasons so think of the range maps as a bonus.

Add this to the bookmarks of your smartphone or tablet:  http://www.biosurvey.ou.edu/wetland/wetland_interactive.html

Mammals of Texas

Alas, there is no “Mammals of Oklahoma” – – not yet.  However, this book is a classic resource and has been for fifty years.  It has full descriptions of all of the mammals of Texas, with range maps.  The maps can give a pretty good suggestion of where they might be in Oklahoma, like the Porcupine (above).  The entire book is posted online, or you can order it online.  It’s not very expensive and would be an excellent library resource for southern or western Oklahoma schools.  http://www.nsrl.ttu.edu/tmot1/

Vegetation Maps of Oklahoma

There are several maps of where in the state the vegetation types are, or historically were.  The classic study is the map of 15 different kinds of vegetation.  A smaller copy appears above, and a link to the image is below.  Remember – when it comes to images, link, don’t lift!   http://www.okatlas.org/okatlas/biotic/vegetation/duckfletcher.htm

A more simplified (12 vegetation types) but more clear map, in pdf format is at http://www.forestry.ok.gov/Websites/forestry/Images/Ecoregions.pdf

There are other maps on this blog – geology, etc.  Just search to see what you find that you can use in your classroom!