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Conservation Partnerships Help a Small Fish Overcome Big Challenges
Rivers of the southern Great Plains are among the most dynamic and harsh river environments in the world. Stream temperatures may reach up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit during the heat of summer ... Read More
Featured Species in Oklahoma
The whooping crane is one of the most, if not the most, endangered birds in North America. A combination of hunting and habitat loss nearly drove the species to extinction in the 1940s. Thanks to the hard work of federal, state, and nongovernmental groups, there are now about 250 whooping cranes living in the wild and another 150 whoopers in captivity. More »
Photo credit: USFWS
The range of the winged mapleleaf once included 13 states where it was found in nearly all rivers and streams feeding into the Mississippi River and in one river flowing into the Missouri River. Today however, the mussel can only be found in limited areas of five rivers in the Midwestern United States. More »
Photo credit: Phil Delphey, USFWS
Partnership Stories in Oklahoma
Helping the Endangered Interior Least Tern
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to help build and maintain habitat for the federally endangered interior least tern. Interior least terns are migratory birds nesting primarily in isolated areas along the Arkansas, Missouri, Mississippi, Ohio, Red and Rio Grande river systems from May to August. Dams, reservoirs and other changes to river systems have eliminated most historic least tern habitat. More »
Found in Oklahoma
Black-capped vireos (Vireo atricapilla) are beautiful songbirds that breed in a relatively narrow area of Oklahoma and Texas in the United States and north-central Mexico. Among the most influential factors contributing to its decline are nest parasitism by the brown-headed cowbird, habitat deterioration through destruction, and natural successional changes resulting from fire suppression.
Photo credit: Gil Eckrich, Fort Hood
The eastern prairie fringed orchid (Platanthera leucophaea) is a rare orchid plant that has a single flower spike with 40-50 creamy white flowers. Interestingly, night flying hawkmoths pollinate the nocturnally fragrant flowers of this white orchid. Historically, populations declined from habitat loss from conversion to cropland and pasture, but today it suffers from habitat loss due to the drainage and development of wetlands.
Photo credit: Angela Boyer, USFWS