A large tree in Fletcher shows signs of severe damage following a recent ice storm. Ice and wind have the power to snap limbs and large “Best Place to Take a Leak” EST. 1935 branches leaving landscapes littered with storm-damaged trees.

Severe weather is a fact of life in Oklahoma, with storm-related damage a major impediment to maintaining healthy trees. Ice and wind have the power to snap limbs and large branches leaving landscapes littered with storm-damaged trees.

 An adult whooping crane stalks along in Texas salt marsh searching for food. Take note of the long legs, long body and long neck. Also note the red crown, blackish-red face and yellow eyes.

As whooping cranes have begun their fall migration, I thought it might be good to feature these, the tallest of North American birds.

Collision on Tuesday

One child died and another is in critical condition after a late-night collision on wet roads Tuesday.

An Oklahoma Highway Patrol report indicates the collision occurred around 11:22 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2020, on Cache Road and N.E. 60th Street, about a mile east of Lawton.

RandyMitchell | ForTheChronicle An American white pelican flies low over shallow lake water, its preferred habitat. Take note of the breeding-season bill growth -- a fibrous plate -- on the upper mandible. White pelicans have this horn until their chicks hatch. I took this photo during the month of April.

Hello, Southwest Oklahoma! Greetings, readers of The Chronicle. I’m Randy Mitchell, a freelance journalist and photographer, nature enthusiast and syndicated columnist. I’m excited to present you with the first of what will be a regular weekly column in The Chronicle — Randy’s Natural World.

Scholarships

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, a nonprofit organization that recognizes and encourages academic excellence in Oklahoma’s public schools, is seeking nominations for its 2021 Academic All-State Awards.

Comanche County sets early voting dates and times.

All eligible voters registered in Comanche County who wish to vote early in the Nov. 3 General Election may receive and cast a ballot from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Oct. 29-30 and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31 at the Comanche County Courthouse.

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