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May: Australian environments and their associated bird fauna

Photo by Miguel Angel Botello.

Photo by Miguel Angel Botello.

Join us May 15 when Mike & Rosario Douglas will be the guest speakers at the Oklahoma City Audubon Society meeting.

The Douglas’  talk describes three regions of Australia with distinctly different flora, and to a slightly lesser degree, fauna.  These regions are 1) the tropical north with its strongly monsoonal climate, 2) the southwest that is isolated from moister regions and has a great diversity of endemic plants and animals, and 3) the eastern forests that extend from roughly 20 degrees of latitude along the eastern coast of Australia – from the tropics to the subtropics.  The birds common to these regions (mostly based on their recent 70 day trip to the region) will be noted.  They also note some relatively unique aspects of the Australian bird fauna, including the bower-building Bowerbirds, Megapodes (mound-builders) and ratites.

Mike Douglas is a retired NOAA reserach meteorologist with an interest in climate and the underlying vegetation. However he has had an interest since elementary school in birds. His wife Rosario has been an active birder for many years and has degrees in Biology and English Literature.  A native of Chile, Rosario spent 13 years in Panama. Later, after a year and a half stay in Montreal, Canada learning English and some French she moved to the US to finish her first Bachelor’s degree at Florida State.

Birding and photography are two main activities they pursue when they travel. Mike has been interested in photography since he was a teenager and Rosario was introduced to birding in the early 90’s when she took Ornithology courses as part of her course work for her Bachelor’s degree in Evolutionary Biology and Ecology at the University of Colorado.  Their ther interests include: astronomy, botany (especially carnivorous and succulent plants), insects and geology (Mike’s undergraduate degree was in Geophysics). Rosario also enjoy learning about the history, gastronomy, music, crafts and the culture of the places they visit.

Our meetings are held September through June on the third Monday of each month (with the exception of January, when the meeting is held on the fourth Monday). Meetings begin at 7 p.m. Visitors are always welcome.

Meeting Location:

Our meetings are held at the Will Rogers Garden center, located at the intersection of NW 36th Street and I-44. 


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Adopt-A-Park at Prairie Dog Point

The members of the Oklahoma City Audubon Society have adopted Prairie Dog Point at Oklahoma City’s Lake Hefner by participating in Oklahoma City Beautiful’s Adopt-A-Park program. Our commitment to the program is for assistance in litter management. The Parks department has responded to our request to have additional trash cans placed around the area to help keep the area clean.

Prairie Dog Point is located at the southwest corner of Lake Hefner. It attracts diverse species of birds throughout the seasons and is especially popular with birders during the spring and fall shorebird migrations. In addition to contributing to the beautification of our community, our participation in the program allows us to promote the area as a location of interest to birders, perhaps helping to avoid further habitat loss. Everyone is invited to participate in our Adopt-A-Park project by picking up litter during birding trips to the Point.

2015 Christmas Bird Count numbers

During the Oklahoma City Christmas Bird Count for 2015, a total of 116 species were observed on count day.  Click here to view the list.

The Oklahoma City Audubon Society is neither a chapter of, nor affiliated with, the National Audubon Society.