October: Birds at the Zoo
Nadine Varner will be the presenter at the October meeting of the Oklahoma City Audubon Society. She will be sharing behind-the-scenes photos from her 8 years at the Oklahoma City Zoo.
Nadine is a bird keeper at the OKC Zoo and is the treasurer of the Oklahoma Ornithological Society. She is the youngest child of birders Don and Joyce Varner from Tahlequah, OK. Nadine has a Bachelor’s degree is zoology from Northeastern State University. She has worked for the Sutton Avian Research Center in Bartlesville, the World Bird Sanctuary in St. Louis, MO and the St. Louis Zoo. She has banded birds in Alaska, Texas, Missouri, Illinois and Oklahoma.
Please join us on Monday, October 20 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.