September: Birding in Hungary
Matt Jung and Lonnie Gamble will be the presenters at the September 15 meeting of the Oklahoma City Audubon Society. They will talk about their recent birding trip to Hungary.
Matt and Lonnie traveled to Hungary in April 2014 where they birded within Budapest and four national parks. They tallied 142 species during their adventure.
Hungary is a country in Central Europe and totally landlocked. It is situated in the Carpathian Basin bordered by Slovakia to the north; Ukraine/Romania to the east; Serbia/Croatia to the south; Slovenia to the south-west and Austria to the west.
Matt was born in Békéscsaba, Hungary. His family fled Hungary in 1944 by horse-drawn wagon and settled in a refugee camp in Vichtenstein, Austria. A year later, the US Army re-settled Matt and his family in Maihingen, West Germany where he attended school. As a boy growing up, Matt was interested in all wildlife around town.
He immigrated to the United States in 1956, settled in Oklahoma City and worked for Macklanburg and Duncan. He went on to serve in the US Army and after his discharge earned a BAand MBA from the University of Central Oklahoma. Matt retired from Seagate as Director of Supplier Quality Engineering in 2004. He and his wife Maria have two children.
Lonnie Gamble is a native of Elk City and a long time resident of Yukon. He is also a Seagate retiree and enjoys birding, photography, golf, hunting, fishing, collecting and studying firearms. He and his wife Wanda have two daughters and two granddaughters.
Please join us on Monday, September 15 for an enjoyable evening of birders! Our meetings are held September through June on the third Monday of each month. They begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Will Rogers Garden Center, I-44 and NW 36th Street. Visitors are always welcome.
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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.
2013 Christmas Bird Count numbers
During the Oklahoma City Christmas Bird Count for 2013, a total of 113 species were observed on count day. We also saw an additional 7 species during count week, for a total of 120 species. Click here to view the list.
The Oklahoma City Audubon Society is neither a chapter of, nor affiliated with, the National Audubon Society.