April: Ravens and Wolves
Phil Henderson and his friend and our special guest, his Grey Wolf “Wylie” will present the program at the April 20 meeting of the Oklahoma City Audubon Society.
Ravens and wolves share many things in common, both being quite social and both being heavy predators. Also, they share a misconception in the human world of being characterized as evil, although they both do not for the most part deserve notoriety. Neither is the harbinger of bad events as portrayed in literature and folklore of western societies. Wolves have been hunted due to their considering domesticated livestock as prey items and, as a result, have suffered extirpation across their wide range. Range and habitat loss have also affected ravens, but not to the extent of that encountered by wolves.
Wolves and ravens are known to play with each and help each other find food. If an elk is sick or wounded, ravens will sound the alert which wolves recognize and follow. When wolves go on the hunt, ravens recognize the behavior and follow, realizing that a feast will follow a wolf kill.
Phil Henderson is a long-time wildlife rehabilitationist and wildlife professional in fisheries, biology and biological research. His work for the Department of Health brought him back to Oklahoma. For many years Phil gave programs to the public with an albinotic Red-tailed Hawk that he traded for a Golden Eagle named Ebony, a marvelous Golden Eagle that was known widely and featured at a program for the Oklahoma City Audubon Society. Along with Wylie, the wolf, Phil currently has a herd of wild mustangs and is the owner of Bob’s Pig Shop, a popular barbeque restaurant in Paul’s Valley. Phil and Wylie will be the stars of our April 20 meeting. Phil will do the speaking for Wylie and the wolves. Warren Harden will provide the raven portion of the program.
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). They begin at 7 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.
2014 Christmas Bird Count numbers
During the Oklahoma City Christmas Bird Count for 2014, 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.