Boo! Grrr! Ticks of winter now are upon us

October 29, 2021

Winter ticks are a rare but potentially scary prospect for Oklahoma livestock. Deer ticks are at their most prevalent now, however.

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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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Pathogens thrive in state’s nutrient-rich waters

July 5, 2021

Knowledge, simple precautions make summer outings safer By KELLY BOSTIANFor the CCOF Like May flowers that follow April showers, bacterial blooms may follow rainy days that break up summer’s hot streaks. Heavy rain followed by high temperatures in June gave rise to blue-green algae blooms reported at Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees and at Lake…

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Fact check: Vast majority of poultry litter stays in state

March 30, 2021

House Floor comments continue to ring sour with northeast Oklahoma residents By KELLY BOSTIANFor the CCOF A longtime Tulsa biology teacher is giving some northeast Oklahoma legislators an “F” on the subject of Poultry Feeding Operations. She and others of the region believe the legislators should, and possibly do, know better. Misstatements about the mega-farm…

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Groups ask that residents tell legislators ‘stand up for public lands’

February 21, 2021

Resolution lauds recreational, economic values of public areas By KELLY BOSTIANFor the CCOF Eight state senators and 20 representatives have signed on as co-authors of a resolution supporting public lands this legislative session and organizers behind the resolution say they’re just getting started. Sen. Brenda Stanley, R-Midwest City, sponsored SR3 in the Senate, and Rep.…

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