Naturalist’s Notebook


Upcoming Events

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all-day Wonders of Wildflowers: Advance ... @ Tallgrass Prairie Preserve
Wonders of Wildflowers: Advance ... @ Tallgrass Prairie Preserve
Jun 2 – Jun 4 all-day
​The Oklahoma Native Plant Society is hosting its annual Wonders of Wildflowers Weekend at the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve (north of Pawhuska, OK) April 28-30.  Onsite registration will be available at the event (minus lunch). COST: $10[...]

Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge

August 20th 2016 Becky Emerson Carlberg Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge was the venue for our birding expedition.  The last time we tried this, unbeknownst to us, it was the first day of duck hunting season there.  The season started later in our area here, so we were as...

Grow Gaura!

August 16th 2016 Becky Emerson Carlberg Pictures of Gaura should not be taken in the middle of the afternoon.  The blooms have withered away, so as the sun rises tomorrow morning, I shall too rise and go forth to shoot flowers.  Meanwhile it’s time to watch the Rio...

Grow Tall My Compass Plant

27 July 2016 Becky Emerson Carlberg “Day after day the sun beat down, baking our little house, shriveling up the plants, in the garden.  It was so hot that nothing moved, not even the wind.” This is an excerpt from the book ‘Going West’ written by Jean Van Leeuwen. ...

Eighteen Oaks

Becky Emerson Carlberg Deep Fork Audubon Society Field Trip Saturday June 25th 2016 Several members of our Deep Fork group assembled at St. Gregory’s early Saturday morning.  When all were present and accounted for, we drove to the outskirts of Tecumseh in search of...

Skunk or Sumac?

June 8 2016 Becky Emerson Carlberg While in search of sumac plants to photograph, I encountered this black animal with diverging white stripes walking straight toward me, head down.  It raised its head and our eyes locked.  The tail shot straight up into the air.  We...

Sorrel and Cuckoos Just Go Together

May 18 2016 Becky Emerson Carlberg As the season turns toward the summer, the temperatures edge ever higher, but on an uneven scale.  The threat looms that each storm could become severe so every gardener worth his/her salt pays sharp attention to the weather.  They...

The Robins are Blooming

Becky Emerson Carlberg The Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) and I go way back.  When my father retired from the military, my family moved to eastern Oklahoma.  My father and his brothers built our new home on the site where old man Forbes had lived for years.  Out...

The Fall of Woodcock

Becky Emerson Carlberg This is your climate on steroids.  How high can you go.  Temperatures have been hitting the seventies and eighties in mid-February with the nighttime lows at fifty degrees.  Wow.  Our normal day temps should be in the fifty degree range, with...