Species of the Week – Purple Passion Flower

Purple Passion Flower - Passiflora incarnata The species of the week is the Purple Passion Flower, Passiflora incarnata. Most Passion Flowers originate from South America with large flowers that bloom during springtime. When traveling through South America, Spanish missionaries labeled this unique-looking flower as the “Flor de las cinco lagas” or the flower of [...]

Species of the Week – Lesser Prairie Chicken

Lesser Prairie Chicken - Tympanuchus pallidicinctus The Lesser Prairie Chicken is an artist; the vanishing short grass prairie is his stage. He’s definitely in the underground music scene. You would never recognize his nondescript hang out unless you were a Lesser Prairie Chicken. A slightly raised area with minimal vegetation is his ancestral dancing [...]

Species of the Week – Ghost Pipe

Ghost Pipe - Monotropa uniflora In celebration of Halloween this weekend, the Species of the Week and Floral Friday post is the Ghost Pipe - Monotropa uniflora.  I was pretty excited to spot a few plants a couple weeks ago in the Ouachita National Forest while hiking around Cedar Lake (my favorite lake!).  [...]

Species of the Week – Big Brown Bat

Big Brown Bat - Eptesicus fuscus The end of October is finally here, which means Halloween is right around the corner.  Bat Week is a great time to recognize a Halloween-themed favorite we have right here in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Big Brown Bat is most easily seen about 20 minutes after sunset.  However, [...]

Mexican Free-Tailed Bat – Species of the Week!

Mexican Free-Tailed Bat - Tadarida brasiliensis In honor of Bat Week beginning on October 24th, this Species of the Week will be Oklahoma's most abundant bat species – the Mexican Free-tailed Bat (Tadarida brasiliensis).  This bat was named the official "Oklahoma State Flying Mammal" in 2006!  Mexican Free-tailed Bats are migratory, and by [...]

Species of the Week – Pokeweed – Phytolacca americana

Pokeweed - Phytolacca americana Although proper preparation and cooking of Pokeweeds might be necessary for human consumption, many birds feast on the ripened raw Pokeweed fruits alone. Mockingbirds, like many other bird species, are attracted to ripe purple berries. Northern Mockingbirds can be found year-round in most southern states, including Oklahoma. Likewise, Pokeweed, also [...]