Naturalist’s Notebook

Upcoming Events

8:30 am Core Workshop: Aquatic Ecology @ ODWC Lake Arcadia Education Center
Core Workshop: Aquatic Ecology @ ODWC Lake Arcadia Education Center
Jul 22 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
This will be workshop on Aquatic Ecology.  The instructor is Marley Beem. There will be a potluck lunch that will be supplemented with Subway sandwiches. Members repeating the course, there is no cost.

The Blackjacks are Dying

Wednesday June 7th 2017 Becky Emerson Carlberg Four squirrels, five turkeys, three crows, two bluebird and one indigo bunting formed this morning’s orchestra.  All of these are native year-round species found in Cross Timbers except one.  The indigo bunting spends its...

The Oklahoma Master Naturalist Urban Ecology Workshop

April 29th 2017 “The Marks are Back” Arcadia Lake was the site of the Oklahoma Master Naturalist (OMN) workshop about city trees and wildlife.  People clothed in insulated attire braved the cold and wet to attend the event.  Arcadia Lake is a manmade 1800 acre body of...


29 April 2017 Becky Emerson Carlberg Where would we be without mythology and our imagination?  Do you believe in spirits? Tonight is Hexannacht or Witches Night.  In Germany, the night of April 30th, directly opposite our Halloween, is when the witches and demons fly...

One Wild Bird at a Time: Portraits of Individual Lives

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt:  2016:  210 pages Author:  Bernd Heinrich Every story of nature revolves around life forces.  Do we know what connects us all?  Can we see the links?  Bernd Heinrich, Professor Emeritus in the biology department of the University of Vermont,...

Pontotoc Ridge Preserve Winter Birdcount

February 1st 2017 Becky Emerson Carlberg Our small group rendezvoused in the dark at six in the morning at St. Gregory’s University.  It was a cold start, but warm car.  The sun began to climb into visibility as we drove to Pontotoc Ridge just south of Ada.  This...

Oklahoma Master Naturalist Tallgrass Prairie Workshop

November 12th 2016 Becky Emerson Carlberg The OMN workshop was held on a bright mild day at the 39,000 acre Joseph H. Williams Tallgrass Prairie Preserve near Pawhuska and Foraker, OK.  It is the largest protected fragment of tallgrass prairie left on the earth, and...

A Cold, Snowy January Day

January 6th 2017 Becky Emerson Carlberg It is the twelfth day of Christmas.  Twelve drummers busily drumming all day long.  It is time to take down all Yuletide decorations, pack carefully and put in a safe place the next eleven months.  What a fitting way to have the...