March: A Window into Bird Death Mitigation in Urban Landscapes
Nathan Kuhnert has observed and documented the occurrence of an alarming number of downtown OKC business district bird-window collisions, primarily migrants, for several years. He intends to share findings that include pictures and other aspects of the incidents. Also, an estimate of annual collisions/mortality and other statistics based on survey data will be presented.
Nathan does not intend to point fingers at building owners but instead explain some of the problems and present them as opportunities for stakeholders of downtown OKC to mitigate. Many of the tools and policies such as window films and light reduction are practical and economical as Nathan will argue that more birds can be protected even as new, predominantly glass buildings are constructed.
Nathan will also touch on the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Federal Bird-Safe Buildings Act and introduce some of the leaders pursing research and advocacy including the American Bird Conservancy and National Audubon Society. Ultimately Nathan will try to map out these efforts and resources that can be leveraged in OKC’s opportunity to lead.
Nathan was born and raised in southern Illinois. He took Bird Study as a 4-H project in grade school and vividly remembers a major snowstorm-related fallout of cardinals at his childhood home where both contributed to his passion for birds. After migrating to the University of Oklahoma to study meteorology and later environmental science, Nathan became a member of OKC Audubon in 1994 and remains active as a naturalist while engaged in planning, management and policy aspects of water resources in his professional career.
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.
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.