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Calendar Of Events Around Oklahoma

This list has been compiled in advance, so be sure to confirm the details before making a long drive!

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January 2009

Jan. 3, Sat. Tulsa Audubon Eagle Days. Meet between 8 and 10 a.m. in the parking lot of the Watchable Wildlife Area, east of the Corps of Engineers Office on the north side of the Arkansas River at Lake Keystone dam. For information, contact Dave Edwards, 865-7398.

Jan. 8-11, 2009 -  Okla Dept of Wildlife Conservation Winter Bird Count

Jan. 11, Sun. Tulsa Audubon Eagle Days. See January 3 information.

Jan. 8, 2009, Nature Conservancy Event - America's Lost Landscape The Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma, in partnership with the Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum, is pleased to offer a viewing of the award winning film, America's Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie.

Jan. 13, 2009, Tue. - Audubon Society of Central Oklahoma Meeting 7:00 p.m.- Don Wolfe, Senior Biologist at G. M. Sutton Avian Research Center, University of Oklahoma will speak about “Prairie fragmentations and Lesser Prairie-Chickens in Oklahoma” . Mayflower Congregational Church 3901 NW 63rd.

Jan.15, 2009, Nature Conservancy Event -  America's Lost Landscape The Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma, in partnership with the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Gardens, is pleased to offer a viewing of the award winning film, America's Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie.

Jan. 15, 2009; Indian Nations Audubon Monthly Meeting Thursday, 7:00 p.m. Speaker/Program/Location TBA

Feb. 5, 2009 - Payne County Audubon Meeting, 7:00 p.m. Stillwater Public Library
Birds of Tanzania Jim & Charlotte Ownby

Jan. 20, Tue. 7:30 p.m. Tulsa Audubon Meeting,  Red-cockaded Woodpecker" with John Skeen. John is manager of the McCurtain County Wilderness Area, which provides the only significant habitat for the Red-cockaded Woodpecker in Oklahoma.

Jan. 31, Sat. (date tentative) Tulsa Audubon Together Green Event. Oxley Nature Center Bluebird Trail. Join us to help build and install a new Bluebird Trail at Oxley Nature Center. Snacks will be provided, and participants will receive a Together Green/TAS T-Shirt. See the Tulsa Audubon Together Green page for more info.


February 2009

Feb. 7, Sat. Tulsa Audubon Field Trip. Hackberry Flat for winter waterfowl. Contact Cyndie Browning 918-492-5622 to RSVP and for more information.

Feb. 10, 2009, Tue. - Audubon Society of Central Oklahoma Meeting 7:00 p.m.- Speaker TBA. Mayflower Congregational Church 3901 NW 63rd.

Feb. 13-16, 2009 - Great Backyard Bird Count

Feb. 17, Tue. 7:30 p.m. Tulsa Audubon Meeting. "Landscaping for Wildlife" with Steve Owens. Steve is owner of  Bustani Plant Farm and previous of of the Oklahoma Gardening television show. Steve will share his expertise on making your yard attractive and beneficial to wildlife.

Feb. 19, 2009; Indian Nations Audubon Monthly Meeting Thursday, 7:00 p.m.
Speaker/Program/Location TBA

Feb. 22, Sun. Tulsa Audubon Afternoon Outing. A short visit to a local birding area. Meet 4:00 p.m. at the Tulsa Garden Center. Contact John Kennington, 918-809-6325.


March 2009

Mar. 10, 2009, Tue. - Audubon Society of Central Oklahoma Meeting 7:00 p.m.- Neil Garrison, Naturalist at Martin Park Nature Center in Oklahoma City will speak on "Baja Oklahoma - Birds South of The Red." Mr. Garrison will speak about his very recent birding trip down to the North bank of the Rio Grande River.. Mayflower Congregational Church 3901 NW 63rd.

Mar. 14, Sat. Tulsa Audubon Field Trip. A Walk in the North Woods at Mohawk Park, Tulsa. Contact Cyndie Browning 918-492-5622 to RSVP and for more information.

Mar. 17, 7:30 p.m. Tulsa Audubon Meeting. “Ecology and Status of the Lesser Prairie-Chicken” with Dr. Dwayne Elmore. Dwayne is a Biologist with the OSU Extension Service in Stillwater. Dwayne presents a fascinating look at the Lesser Prairie-Chicken, its biology, and the threats it faces in Oklahoma.

Mar. 5, 2009 - Payne County Audubon Meeting, 7:00 p.m. Stillwater Public Library
Bluebirds of Payne County Jennifer Grindstaff

Mar. 19, 2009; Indian Nations Audubon Monthly Meeting Thursday, 7:00 p.m.
Speaker/Program/Location TBA

Mar. 28-29, 2009 - Payne County Audubon Field Trip - Red Slough & SE Oklahoma Field Trip, Leader TBA (overnight/carpooling)


April 2009

Apr - May - Payne County Audubon Birdathon, Susan Walker

Apr. 2, 2009 - Payne County Audubon Meeting, 7:00 p.m. Stillwater Public Library
Scholarship Recipients' Research Reports

  • Paul van Els: "Use of Eastern Red Cedar in the Wintering habitat of Bird Life in Cross Timbers"

  • Brett Cooper: "Sand Plum Relationships with Avian Abundance in Southern Great Plains"
  • Mai Onoue: "The influence of Ornamental Plantings on the Avian Abundance of House Sparrows on
    the OSU Campus"

Apr. 14, 2009, Tue. - Audubon Society of Central Oklahoma Meeting 7:00 p.m.- Brian Dougherty , LASLA.  Mr. Dougherty is our very own community-minded Landscape Architect and handles the Parks & Public Spaces Initiative along with being the Program Director of The Margaret Annis Boys Trust Program at The Oklahoma City Community Foundation. He will speak on..... To Be Announced. Mayflower Congregational Church 3901 NW 63rd.

Apr. 16, 2009; Indian Nations Audubon Monthly Meeting Thursday, 7:00 p.m.
Speaker/Program/Location TBA

Apr. 18-19 Tulsa Audubon Field Trip. Selman Ranch for Lesser Prairie-Chickens. The Selman Ranch is located north of Woodward Oklahoma, and this will be part of the Oklahoma Audubon Council's Lesser Prairie Chicken Festival. Contact Jim and Anita Mitchell, 918-272-6755 to RSVP and for more information.

Apr. 21, Tue. 7:30 p.m. Tulsa Audubon Meeting. Feather Connections in Migratory Birds" with Dr. Jeff Kelly. Jeff is Assistant Professor of Zoology at the Univ. of Oklahoma, and also serves with the Oklahoma Bio0logical Survey.

Apr. 25, Sat. Tulsa Audubon Field Trip. Washington Irving Memorial Park and Bixby sod farms for spring migrants. Contact Cyndie Browning 918-492-5622 to RSVP and for more information.

Apr. 26, Sun. (date tentative) Tulsa Audubon Together Green Event. Earth Day Recycling/Sustainabilty Event. Details to be announced. Snacks will be provided, and participants will receive a Together Green/TAS T-Shirt. See the Tulsa Audubon Together Green page for more info.


May 2009

May 2, Sat. Tulsa Audubon Big Day Count. Tulsa Audubon Society annual day-long, county-wide census of migrant and resident species. For information contact Jo Loyd, 918-835-2946.

May 2, 2009, Sat. - Payne County Audubon Field Trip - Bird & Breakfast, Les & Pat Imboden

May 6,  Wed. Tulsa Audubon Afternoon Outing. A short after work visit to a local birding area. Meet 6:00 p.m. at the Tulsa Garden Center. Contact John Kennington, 918-809-6325.

May 9, Sat. Tulsa Audubon Field Trip. Woodward Park and 31st & Riverside bicycle trail in Tulsa for spring migrants. Contact Cyndie Browning 918-492-5622 to RSVP and for more information.

May 16, Sat. Tulsa Audubon Field Trip. Nickel Preserve for spring migrants and early summer nesters. The Nickel Preserve is located about 10 miles north of Tahlequah. Bring plenty of water and snacks.  For more info, contact Martin Brown, 446-8667.

May 17, Sat. Tulsa Audubon Field Trip. Nickel Preserve for spring migrants. Chris Wilson will meet us at 7:30am at the Eagle Bluff Resort parking lot on Hwy 10, about 10 north of Tahlequah. Bring plenty of water and snacks.  For more info, contact Martin Brown, 446-8667.

May 19, 7:30 p.m. Tulsa Audubon Meeting. Wildlife Photography" with Bill Horn. See Bill's web site at www.birdsofoklahoma.net

May 21, 2009; Indian Nations Audubon Monthly Meeting Thursday, 7:00 p.m.
Speaker/Program/Location TBA

May 30-31 Sat.-Sun. Tulsa Audubon Wildlife Habitat Garden Tour and Plant Sale. Contact Carol Eames, 918-446-2720. This event is also part of Tulsa Audubon's Together Green program. Volunteers helping present this event will receive a Together Green/TAS T-Shirt and have Snacks and refreshments. See the Tulsa Audubon Together Green page for more info. Contact Carol Eames, 918-446-2720.


June 2009

Jun. 1-5, 2009  - Payne County Audubon Nature Camp I. Crystal Cork

June 6, Sat. Tulsa Audubon Field Trip. Keystone Ancient Forest Preserve. Contact Cyndie Browning 918-492-5622 to RSVP and for more information.

Jun 8-12, 2009  - Payne County Audubon Field Trip Nature Camp II. Crystal Cork

June 27, Sat. Tulsa Audubon Summer Potluck Picnic. Bring the family for some summertime fellowship and relaxation. Meet at 6:30 p.m. at Washington Irving Park, located in Bixby on Memorial Drive, just before crossing the River. TAS will provide beverages, cups, plates, and eating utensils. Contact John Kennington, 918-809-6325.


July 2009

July 12, Sun. Tulsa Audubon Afternoon Outing. A short visit to a local birding area. Meet 6:00 p.m. at the Tulsa Garden Center. Contact John Kennington, 918-809-6325.


August 2009

Aug 15, Sat. Tulsa Audubon Purple Martin Festival. Exact location to be announced, depending on where in downtown Tulsa the martins decide to roost! Contact John Kennington, 918-809-6325.

 

Past Events


September 2008

Sept. 4, 2008 - Payne County Audubon - Potluck Picnic, General Meeting, & Birdathon Awards, Couch Park

Sept. 9, 2008, Tue. - Audubon Society of Central Oklahoma Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - Dr. Chris Butler. Dr. Butler will talk about some of his research on the effects of habitat fragmentation on the bird communities of the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Mayflower Congregational Church 3901 NW 63rd.

Sept. 12-13, 8th Annual Oklahoma BioBlitz! is being held this year at the Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge on Friday, Sept. 12th at 3:00 P.M. through Saturday, Sept. 13th, 2008 at 3:00 P.M. The Oklahoma BioBlitz! is a rapid inventory of biological diversity hosted by the Oklahoma Biological Survey and conducted by volunteers from around the state and the region. As many plants and animals in a designated area of public land that can be identified in 24 consecutive hours are tallied. www.biosurvey.ou.edu/bioblitz.html

Sept. 13, 2008, Nature Conservancy Fall Hike - Pontotoc Ridge Learn about grassland conservation in the Arbuckle Plains.

Sept. 16, Tue. Tulsa Audubon Monthly Meeting. 7:00 p.m. "Wildcat Glades Audubon Center in Joplin, MO" with Dave Henness. Dave is a volunteer at the newly opened Audubon Center in Joplin, and will talk about the center’s new state of the art green building and its unique ecosystem, some of the last remaining chert glades, a globally unique habitat found only in this area. Tulsa Garden Center.

Sept. 18, 2008; Indian Nations Audubon Monthly Meeting Thursday, 7:00 p.m. Ron Day, Professional Photographer, "Yellowstone" (tentative program), Muskogee City Library

Sept. 20, Sat. Tulsa Audubon Field Trip. Salt Plains NWR. Contact Cyndie Browning 918-492-5622 to RSVP and for more information.

Sept. 20, 2008 - Oklahoma City Audubon Society Field Trip - Wewoka Woods Camp. We will visit the camp run by Bob Holbrook. Plan to meet at McDonald's, I-40 & Douglas in Midwest City, at 7 a.m. for carpooling. Lunch will be provided by the camp. Please RSVP to Jimmy Woodard (324-1462) by September 15. We need a head count for lunch planning. Visit the cam website at www.wewokawoods.com for more information.

Sept. 26-28. Oklahoma Wildlife Expo 2008. At the Lazy E Ranch in Guthrie, OK.


October 2008

Oct. 2, 2008 - Payne County Audubon Meeting, 7:00 p.m. Stillwater Public Library. Prairie Grouse in Oklahoma Dwayne Elmore

Oct. 2, 2008, Nature Conservancy Fall Hike - J. T. Nickel Preserve Learn about savanna restoration and elk reintroduction.

Oct. 3, 2008, Nature Conservancy Fall Hike - J. T. Nickel Preserve Learn about savanna restoration and elk reintroduction.

Oct. 3-5, Oklahoma Ornithological Society Fall Meeting. West TCC (Tulsa Community College) campus. See www.okbirds.org for more details.

Oct. 4, Sat. Tulsa Audubon Field Trip. Oklahoma Centennial Botanical Gardens, northwest of downtown Tulsa. Visit the site of the this new facility, still under development. Contact John Kennington, 918-809-6325. Visit www.tulsaaudubon.org for full details.

Oct. 4, 2008, Nature Conservancy Fall Hike - Keystone Ancient Forest Hike through 300 year old cedars and 500 year old post oaks.

Oct. 5, 2008, Sun. - Payne County Audubon - Nature Day, Crystal Cork

Oct. 10, 2008, Nature Conservancy Fall Hike - Tallgrass Prairie The group will venture through the blackjack/post oak bottom lands bordering Sand Creek and then make an undulating transition into the tallgrass prairie uplands.

Oct. 11, Sat. Tulsa Audubon Field Trip. Wildcat Glades Audubon Center in Joplin MO. Contact Cyndie Browning 918-492-5622 to RSVP and for more information.

Oct. 11, 2008, Nature Conservancy Fall Hike - Pontotoc Ridge This field trip is for children 12 and under and their accompanying adults.

Oct. 11, 2008, Tue. - Audubon Society of Central Oklahoma Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - Jacob Moore. How the non-profit land trust Land Legacy helps landowners dedicate their agricultural land and open space for food production and wildlife habitat forever, while getting a tax break, selling the land or continuing to live there. Mayflower Congregational Church 3901 NW 63rd.

Oct. 12, Sun. Tulsa Audubon Together Green Event. Deep Fork NWR Habitat Improvement & Big Sit. In conjunction with the Friends of the Deep Fork NWR we will be planting native plants, doing trail maintenance and cleaning, and participating in a Big Sit bird count. Participants will receive a Together Green/TAS T-Shirt and supper, provided the the Deep Fork Friends. See the Tulsa Audubon Together Green page for more info.

Oct. 16, 2008; Indian Nations Audubon Monthly Meeting Thursday, 7:00 p.m. Speaker TBA, Program TBA, Muskogee Public Library (tentative)

Oct. 18, 2008, Nature Conservancy Fall Hike - J. T. Nickel Preserve Tully Hollow is perhaps the most scenic part of the preserve, with the creek, bluffs, boulders, overhangs and a waterfall.

Oct. 18, 2008 - Oklahoma City Audubon Society Field Trip - Prairie Dog Point Clean-up Day, Meet at the Point at Lake Hefner at 12Noon. Come early if you want to bird before the event. Gloves, bags and donuts will be provided. Contact event coordinator Pat Velte for more information.

Oct. 18, Sat. Tulsa Audubon Bird Seed Sale Day. Contact John Kennington, 918-809-6325.

Oct. 21, Tue. Tulsa Audubon Meeting. 7:30 p.m. "Pontotoc Ridge Preserve and Blue River Conservation District" with Jona Tucker. Jona is director of this Nature Conservancy preserve in south-central Oklahoma, and will discuss what is Oklahoma’s premier crosstimbers property. Pontotoc Ridge Preserve is an excellent example of Oklahoma's ruggedly beautiful lands.

Oct. 25-26, 2008 - Payne County Audubon Field Trip - Great Salt Plains, Leader, Paul van Els (overnight/carpooling)

Oct. 31, 2008, Nature Conservancy Fall Hike - Four Canyon Preserve Hike about 2.5 miles along a ridgetop and observe fall leaf colors in Horse and Cinnamon Canyons.


November 2008

Nov. 1, 2008 - Oklahoma City Audubon Society Field Trip - Ketchum Ranch - Stephens County. We will visit June and Leonard Ketchum's ranch near Duncan. There are limited accommodations for an overnight stay. Contact June (387-3620) for more information. Meeting time and place to be announced.

Nov. 6, 2008 - Payne County Audubon Meeting, 7:00 p.m. Stillwater Public Library. Birds of Malaysia and Borneo Iris McPherson

Nov. 7, 2008, Nature Conservancy Fall Hike - Pontotoc Ridge Learn to recognize key crosstimbers species while learning about their importance to the landscape.

Nov. 8, Sat. Tulsa Audubon Field Trip. Tallgrass Prairie Preserve for winter birds. RSVP and more information: Contact Cyndie Browning 918-492-5622 to RSVP and for more information.

Nov. 8, 2008, Nature Conservancy Fall Hike - Pontotoc Ridge This challenging cross-country hike takes you to the highest elevation on the preserve along a windswept ridge edge in flowering prairie grasses and ripe prickly pears.

Nov. 11, 2008, Tue. - Audubon Society of Central Oklahoma Meeting 7:00 p.m.- Jona Tucker, Biologist and Preserve manager for Nature Conservancy shows how conserving diverse Oklahoma habitat saves birds and other wildlife at preserves like Pontotoc Ridge, Boehler Seeps and Arbuckle Plains/Blue River. Mayflower Congregational Church 3901 NW 63rd.

Nov. 15, 2008, Sat. - Payne County Audubon Field Trip - Sooner Lake, John Couch (morning/carpooling)

Nov. 15, Sat. Tulsa Audubon Field Trip. Birds & Wine - Grand Lake & Summerside Vineyards. We will begin the day looking for Pelicans and other birds on Grand Lake, and then visit Summerside Vineyards in Vinita for lunch and a winery tour. We have invited Grand Lake Audubon members to join us. Contact John Kennington, 918-809-6325.

Nov. 18, Tue. 7:30 p.m. Tulsa Audubon Meeting. Bird ID or Habitat fragmentation" with Dr. Chris Butler..

Nov. 20, 2008; Indian Nations Audubon Monthly Meeting Thursday, 7:00 p.m. Ben Sparks, Walk-About Wildlife Sanctuary, Muskogee Public Library (tentative)

Nov. 23, Sun. Tulsa Audubon Afternoon Outing.  A short visit to a local birding area. Meet 3:30 p.m. at the Tulsa Garden Center. Contact John Kennington, 918-809-6325.

Dec. 4, 2008 - Payne County Audubon Meeting, 7:00 p.m. Stillwater Public Library
Planning for Christmas Bird Count Jim Ownby & Tim O'Connell


December 2008

Dec. 6, Sat. Tulsa Audubon Field Trip. "Puddle-jumping" at the Tulsa Lakes: Yahola, Lynn Lane, Skiatook. Meet at the monument at Lake Yahola at 8:00 a.m. Contact Cyndie Browning 918-492-5622 to RSVP and for more information.

Dec. 9, 2008, Tue. - Audubon Society of Central Oklahoma Meeting, 7:00 p.m. - Dr. Chris Butler/John Shackford. Dr. Butler will sharpen our Oklahoma bird ID skills with photos and field hints first.  Mr. Shackford will bring maps and teach us protocols for counting, recording and reporting birds for our 1st Christmas Bird Count in many years! We will concentrate our CBC participation on the Oklahoma River area, while also picking up some hotspots in parks and neighborhoods. We are hoping to gain more CBC volunteers to help.  Mayflower Congregational Church 3901 NW 63rd.

Dec. 9, 2008, Nature Conservancy Event - America's Lost Landscape The Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma, in partnership with the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Gardens, is pleased to offer a viewing of the award winning film, America's Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie.

Dec. 11, 2008, Nature Conservancy Event -  America's Lost Landscape The Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma, in partnership with the Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum, is pleased to offer a viewing of the award winning film, America's Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie.

Dec. 13, Sat. (date tentative) Tulsa Audubon Together Green Event. Oxley Nature Center Habitat Improvement. Join us to help remove invasive species from Oxley's habitats, and perform other work to improve Oxley's trails and habitat. Snacks will be provided, and participants will receive a Together Green/TAS T-Shirt. See the Tulsa Audubon Together Green page for more info.

Dec. 16, Tue. 7:30 p.m. Tulsa Audubon Meeting. Annual Christmas Show and Tell Party. Attendees are invited to bring stories, slides, artifacts, or digital images (up to about 10) on any subject of general interest (birds, animals, travel, wildflowers, etc.) to share with the group. Members bring treats to share after the meeting.  Please contact Gail Storey, 742-2684 or  about your presentation. Please bring your digital photos on a CD or flash drive.

Dec. 18, 2008; Indian Nations Audubon Monthly Meeting Thursday, 7:00 p.m.
Christmas Dinner, Location TBA

Dec. 2008, TBA - Payne County Audubon Field Trip - Sooner Lake Christmas Bird Count, John Couch

Dec. 20, Sat. Tulsa Audubon Christmas Bird Count. For information contact Jo Loyd, 918-835-2946.

Dec. 20, 2008, Sat. - Payne County Audubon Field Trip - Stillwater Christmas Bird Count, Jim Ownby & Tim O'Connell

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