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, lektreks.org/oos/, 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.
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 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!
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.