The 2016 Spring meeting of the Oklahoma Ornithological Society (OOS) will be held April 15-17, in Woodward, OK. It will be held in conjunction with the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Festival, which is sponsored by the Oklahoma Audubon Council and the Tulsa Audubon Society. One of the meeting highlights will be the key-note address at the Saturday night banquet. It will be given by Pete Dunne, who is one of the icons of birding in America. Pete has written several books such as “Tales of A Low Rent Birder”, is the director of the Cape May Bird Observatory and one of the founders of the World Series of Birding.
All meeting activities will be held at the Northwest Inn, Woodward (800-727-7606). OOS has a block of rooms at a special rate of $79 + tax. Please mention OOS or the Lesser Prairie Chicken Festival to receive this rate. The motel features a full breakfast bar included in the room rate.
There are several motel options in town. Nearby major chains include Holiday Inn, La Quinta, Hampton Inn, and Candlewood Inn. Budget motels include Days Inn, Comfort Inn, America’s Best Value, and Super 8. The closest camping choices are at Boiling Springs State Park a few miles northeast of town.
Field trips will include visits to Boiling Springs State Park, Ft Supply Lake, and Ellis County WMA near Arnett. You will need a current hunting/fishing license ($25) or a Conservation Passport ($26) in your possession to access the WMA. Other nearby points of interest you can visit are Alabaster Caverns State Park, Glass (Gloss) Mountains, Little Sahara State Park, and Doby Springs (near Buffalo), to name just a few.
You DO NOT need to register through the prairie chicken festival for OOS events or the banquet. If you choose, you may participate in certain festival events for a fee. See a complete list of events, costs and festival information at the website, www.lektreks.org. Other festival events such as the Saturday and Sunday workshops are free to all except for the photography workshop.
You may now join or renew your membership in
the OOS on-line with your credit card. Visit the membership
page and select your membership level, or print a
renewal form to mail.
Special Projects Funding
The OOS Special Projects awards provide funding to
students at any level, faculty researchers, and
individuals or civic groups proposing to do work that
aligns with our general mission to promote the
“observation, study, and conservation” of birds in
deadline for applications will be 1 March 2016.
For 2015, an ad-hoc committee comprised of
Chris Butler, Rebecca Renfro, and Tim
O'Connell reviewed proposals for Special Projects
funding. Of all the proposals submitted, the top
honors went to Caitlain Laughlin (from the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management ) and Danielle Perryman (from the Department of Integrative Biology), both from
Oklahoma State University. Caitlin's research was on the "Avian response to quarter century differences in fire history in the Oklahoma Cross Timbers", while Danielle's research was on the "Effects of supplemental feeding on Eastern Bluebirds, Sialia sialis". Congratulations to
these students for their excellent work!
Below is the BirdTrax Google Gadget, an
up-to-date list of birds reported as "rare" in eBird.
eBird is a great way to track your own sightings and to
add to the global knowledge-base of bird population
trends. eBird has greatly improved over the last year,
and is a great way to keep your bird lists, You can also
export from AviSys and other listing software.
Click here for more info on the eBird gadget and
how birds included on this list.
Jim Arterburn has provided
copies of two articles from North
American Birds he has co-authored with Joe
Grzybowski and Ron Shepperd on Glossy/White-faced Ibis
and Double-crested/Neotropic Cormorant hybridization.
More and more hybrid ibis are
being found throughout Oklahoma, especially the Salt
Plains, Hackberry and Red Slough and surrounding
states. While only the one hybrid cormorant has
been found to date these articles will be of interest to
birders around the state and may help bring more hybrid
sightings to light.
are an independent, non-profit educational
organization founded in 1951 and dedicated to the
observation, study, and conservation of birds. Our
diverse membership, which includes individuals of
all ages, is composed of both beginning birders
and professional ornithologists. The observation
and study of birds is a prominent example of a
scientific field in which amateurs have made major
contributions. As a member of the OOS, you will
have many unique opportunities to cultivate your
interest in birds.
Bird Areas, or IBAs, are sites that provide
essential habitat for one or more species of
bird. In 2006 the OK Audubon Council began a
state IBA program, appointing Eric Beck as our
State IBA Coordinator. Many OOS members serve on
the Technical Committee that is currently
evaluating area for inclusion as IBAs. Click
here for more information on this important
purpose of the OK
Wild Bird Wikiis
to allow Oklahoma birders to share their knowledge
of Oklahoma birds with the Oklahoma birding
community. The Wiki allows visitors to search for
information on Oklahoma birds and to enter new
records of interest.