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OOS Spring Field Meeting

Apr 15-17, 2016

OOS is having our Spring 2016 meeting in conjunction with the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Festival in Woodward, OK. Dates for the OOS meeting are April 15-17, 2016. The highlight of the weekend besides prairie chickens will be a keynote address by Pete Dunne Saturday evening. Pete will also host a workshop during the weekend (details TBA).

John Kennington, LPC Festival chairman, has graciously allotted OOS with nine (9) seats in the viewing blinds. OOS has three (3) seats in the blinds each day on Friday—15th, Saturday—16th and Sunday—17th. The discounted rate for these spots is $75. That includes transportation to and from the hotel (Northwest Inn) and brunch at Sue Selman’s ranch near where the blinds are located.  You do not need to be an OOS member to register for the spots in the blind. You must sign up at this link,, for these 9 discounted spots. Complete details for these trips are available on that page. Contact John Kennington for more info if needed.

***Please note that the registration deadline for the discounted OOS seats is January 15, 2016. After that date, any open spots will be made  available to all festival participants at the non-discounted rate of $100.

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.


2016 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 April 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! 

Click here for more information on the OOS grant program.

Updated OOS Checklist


The Oklahoma Bird Records Committee (OBRC) is pleased to announce the fourth 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.


Recent Rarity Sightings from eBird

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.

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.


Recent Rarity Sightings

Click here to view the eBird Rare Bird Google Gadget, an up-to-date list of Oklahoma birds reported as "rare" in eBird.


OOS On Facebook

Visit the official Facebook page of the Oklahoma Ornithological Society to see the latest news, photos and talk about Oklahoma birds.


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.


OKBirds Photos

Western Screech-Owl by Steve Metz

View the latest Bird photos submitted to the OKBirds listowner.


OK Wild Bird Wiki

The purpose of the OK Wild Bird Wiki is 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.




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