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.
OOS Fall Meeting Recap
October 18-20, 2013
The fall 2013 technical meeting of the OOS took place at the Broken Arrow campus of Northeastern State University on October 18- 20, 2013. Registration opened on Friday evening and Katrina Hucks shared bird photos from Malheur NWR in Oregon.
Saturday morning featured a birding trip to Oxley Nature Center. Truly impressive flocks of Brown-headed Cowbirds were seen along with numerous other bird species such as Le Conte's Sparrow and Pileated Woodpecker. Our annual business meeting was held Saturday afternoon. Afterwards, scientific presentations talks and posters on avian research by our members were presented. EVeryone enjoyed learning about the ongoing ornithological research in Oklahoma!
The banquet was held Saturday evening and awards were given for best graduate presentation, best undergraduate presentation, and best poster. Then certificates of merit were given to two people (Jona Tucker and Todd Humphrey) for their outstanding contributions to Oklahoma ornithology. Our banquet speaker, Dr. Charles Brown , from Tulsa University, gave an excellent presentation on changes in the morphology of road-killed cliff swallows over 30 years.
Sunday morning featured a trip to the beautiful Redbud Valley. Numerous woodland birds were observed, including Brown Creeper and Golden-crowned Kinglet, A total of 93 species were seen during the fall meeting.
We had a great time and hope that everyone can join us for our upcoming spring field meeting!
Supporting the Proposed Listing of the Lesser Prairie-Chicken
The Oklahoma Ornithological Society and the Kansas Ornithological Society endose the proposed listing of the Lesser Prairie-Chicken. You can read the joint letter of support here.
2013 OOS Special Projects
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 is
March 15, 2013
and awards will be announced April 12th.
Below is the eBird Rare Bird 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
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.
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.
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
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.