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2020 OOS Spring Meeting

May 8-10, 2020

The 2020 Spring meeting of the Oklahoma Ornithological Society (OOS) will be held May 8-10 at Black Mesa State Park near Kenton, OK. The keynote address at the Saturday night banquet will be given by Allison Pierce and is entitled, “Shorebirds without a shore: new insights into the ecology of Mountain Plovers”. Allison Pierce is a PhD student at the University of Colorado Denver, and her broad research interests include animal population dynamics and behavioral ecology. Currently, her research focuses on migratory ecology and demography of an inland breeding shorebird of conservation interest, the Mountain Plover.  As part of this research, one of her projects focuses on tracking individual plover migration movements using GPS data loggers in collaboration with the Migratory Connectivity Project and the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center.

All meeting activities will be held at the Community Building at Black Mesa State Park (adjacent to Lake Carl Etling, not the actual Black Mesa peak). OOS has reserved the group camp, and free lodging is available to those interested on a first come first serve basis (~50 beds available). The lodging is bunkhouse style (no heat/AC), and you will need to bring your own bedding.  

For hotel lodging, the Townsman in Boise City (580-544-2506) is available, as well as various Bed and Breakfast locations near Kenton. Primitive camping is also available at the state park (with restroom and showers available).

Planned field trips consist of tours of the Kenton and Black Mesa area on Saturday morning. Saturday lunch is on your own; Boise City has a few cafes and there is a kitchen in group camp for those who would like to cook and have lunch at the state park. Catering for the Saturday night banquet will be provided by the Rabbit Ear Cafe and consists of Mexican food such as fajitas, enchiladas, vegetarian options, etc.

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OOS Memberships/Renewals

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.


2019 OOS 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 Oklahoma. The deadline for applications will be 1 March 2019.

We had seven great proposals submitted for 2017 OOS special project funding. The voting for each of the proposals was very competitive. Ultimately the Special Projects Committee chose to award three proposals, two research proposals at $500 each and one special project for $300. Below are the award winning grants in no particular order.

1. Monofilament Line Recycling Bins to Benefit Oklahoma Birds by Laurie A. Ribitzki. $300 awarded

2. eDNA Detection of the Endangered Least Tern, Sternula antillarum, in Oklahoma Rivers by Kayleigh Anaya. $500 awarded. University of Oklahoma

3. Examining the Effects of Environmental Contamination on the Cognitive Abilities of Free-Living Birds by Heather K LePage. $ 500 awarded. University of Oklahoma

Congratulations to the winners and I wish to thank the Special Projects Committee members for volunteering to review the proposals. -Don Glass

Click here for more information on the OOS grant program.

Updated OOS Checklist


The Oklahoma Bird Records Committee (OBRC) is pleased to announce the fifth edition of the official Checklist of Oklahoma Birds has now been published, dated December, 2011. Click here for more information and to view the checklist.


Cormorant and Ibis Hybridization

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.


The two articles may be found on the Features page.

OOS Now Accepting Credit Cards!

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.

You may also purchase the OOS Date Guide and Field Cards on-line. See the publications page to order your items.


We 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.


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OKBirds E-Mail Listserv

The Sutton Avian Research Center sponsors a discussion list (listserv) for those interested in Oklahoma birds. Click here for information on how to subscribe.

The American Birding Association's Birding News has the last few days of messages on one convenient page.


Guide to Birding in OK

View Tulsa Audubon's On-line Guide To Birding in Oklahoma featuring birding locations across the state, including Google Maps and Google Earth interfaces.


Important Bird Areas

Important 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 program.


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Western Screech-Owl by Steve Metz

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