January: Eastern Oklahoma’s Surface Geology: Implications for Bird Habitat and Hot Spots
This is the second in a two part series exploring how the state’s surface geology impacts bird distributions. This talk uses case studies at local scales (≤ 10 miles) of some common, and some less common, birds found in the eastern part of Oklahoma and attempts to put their sightings (via eBird) into their geological contexts. By doing this, we start to see that many of these sightings are not random, but follow a logical, often geo-logical, pattern.
Zach received his B.S. in geology, with honors, from Wichita State University in 2008 and his M.S. in geology in from Oklahoma State University in 2011. While working toward his graduate degree, he studied the Rush Springs Sandstone, an important aquifer in western Oklahoma, and adjacent units from outcrop. During this work, he came to appreciate the interesting surface geology of the state.
Zach was born and raised in south-central Kansas, and his interest in birds was nurtured at an early age by his grandfather. As a kid, weekends during migration season often meant trips for the two to Quivira and Cheyenne Bottoms National Wildlife Refuges in search of Whooping Crane. After stepping away from birding during his late teens and twenties, he resumed birding seriously in 2012. His interest in birds includes advanced ID techniques, conservation and habitat preservation.
Zach lives with his wife and son in southern Logan County. He loves being outdoors and enjoys keeping a National Parks list in addition to his bird lists. He is currently employed as a geologist at Devon Energy in Oklahoma City.
Come out and bring a friend for a good evening of camaraderie and birds and great refreshments.
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. Visitors are always welcome.
New Meeting Location:
While the Garden Center is undergoing renovations, we will meet at the Will Rogers Senior Activities Center, 3501 Pat Murphy Dr, in Will Rogers Park. We are scheduled to meet in the Senior Activities Center through Feb. 2017 at this time. That is if the renovation finishes on time.
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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.