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.
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 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
1. Monofilament Line Recycling
Bins to Benefit Oklahoma Birds by Laurie A. Ribitzki. $300
2. eDNA Detection of the
Endangered Least Tern, Sternula antillarum, in Oklahoma
Rivers by Kayleigh Anaya. $500 awarded. University of
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
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