Oklahoma Conservation News

In loving memory: Denise Semands Suttles

September 1, 2021

Denise Semands Suttles, 71, wife of Conservation Coalition of Oklahoma co-founder Ron Suttles, and a steady behind-the-scenes supporter of the organization, died August 29, 2021. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 6, 1950, to Theresa M. and Howard L. McFadden, Denise spent her formative years in Cole County, Missouri, where her father had moved…

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Nongame windfall: Wildlife Department could see 28 percent funding boost

September 19, 2021

Federal Recovering America’s Wildlife Act dedicates funds for at-risk, other nongame species By KELLY BOSTIANFor the CCOF The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation could see a nearly 28-percent funding boost if Congress passes the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act of 2021. The boost would be dedicated to nongame species that are “at-risk” or “of greatest conservation…

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Monarchs on The Mountain a four-day event in 2021

September 16, 2021

Organizers plan around Covid, offer outdoors activities around Tulsa By KELLY BOSTIANFor the CCOF Monarchs on The Mountain organizers figured out how to offer more with less for the 2021 Tulsa-area festival by adding days and variety to what typically is a one-day shindig at Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness. A scaled-down Festival and Plant Sale…

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A turf issue: Armyworms vs. monarch caterpillars

August 21, 2021

Oklahoma homeowners weigh lawn care against butterfly, bird impacts By KELLY BOSTIANFor the CCOF Save the yard or save the butterflies? That is the question. Facing hoards of hungry caterpillars, some good some bad, many Oklahomans are for the first time questioning backyard pesticide use. “I’ve been busy on Facebook,” said Sandy Schwinn, volunteer conservation…

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Wildlife Department takes fresh look at ‘trash fish’

July 25, 2021

Surveys hit mailboxes of 15,000 randomly chosen Oklahoma anglers this month Note: An early version of this story contained an incorrect reference to paddlefish limits. It has been corrected. By KELLY BOSTIANFor the CCOF Postcard notices arriving in anglers’ mailboxes are about “trash fish” but are not junk mail, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation officials…

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