Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is partnering with Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA) starting in 2021 to create a diverse and scientifically verified butterfly and moth list and brochure for visitors.
To contribute your own photos as part of this citizen science project, create an account here on BAMONA, then submit your sightings observed while visiting Tishomingo NWR. Past photos are welcome, too. Remember to choose Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge in the Partners Project section at the end of the submission form. Doing so will help us build our butterfly & moth list. Thanks to BAMONA for providing data management support and identification expertise!
The 16,464-acre Tishomingo NWR is one of more than 540 refuges throughout throughout the United States managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Located in south-central Oklahoma, Tishomingo NWR is open to the public for fishing, hunting, hiking, wildlife watching, photography, and education. This Refuge lies at the upper Washita Arm of Lake Texoma and was established for the benefit of migratory waterfowl in the Central Flyway. The refuge has 16,464 acres which includes the 4,500-acre Cumberland Pool and the 3,000-acre Wildlife Management Unit. The refuge and century old town get their name from the famous Chickasaw Chief, Tishomingo. The refuge offers a variety of habitats for wildlife, which include approximately 30 mammal species, 284 bird species, 65 reptile and amphibian species, 62 fish species and 67 butterfly species. Seasonally flooded flats and willow shallows lie at the Pool's edge providing excellent wildlife habitat. Upland areas vary from grasslands to wild plum thickets to oak-hickory-elm woodlands. Crops are grown on the refuge for waterfowl and other migratory species and primarily consist of wheat, milo, millet, rye, and sunflowers.
Are you looking for a way to support the Refuge through refuge projects, outreach, and events? Reach out to our Friends group TREES! Also make sure to check out the Tishomingo NWR Facebook page for recent wildlife sightings!