March: Panama Birds – The View from the Canopy Tower
Mary Lane and Steve Davis will be the guest speakers at the March 16 meeting of the Oklahoma City Audubon Society.
Mary and Steve are both retired; Mary from the OU Health Sciences Center Department of Surgery, and Steve from the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Mary has had pet birds for most of her life and Steve has had a life-long general interest in nature. Their interest in birding began to crystallize when Steve’s uncle gave them a Nikon DSLR camera a few years ago. At that time, they began to take pictures of birds on their outings, joined OKC Audubon and began attending a few birding festivals, using photographs to help identify the birds they were seeing and document their trips. Mary created a pBase photo account for them and they use it as a repository for pictorial accounts of their birding adventures. In December 2014, they went on their first international birding trip, to Panama, with a group sponsored by University of Arkansas, Fort Smith. Besides Mary and Steve, the group included Oklahomans Larry Mays, Mia Revels and Jim Deming, and a dozen folks from Arkansas.
Their presentation will include images of their Panama birding adventure and details of the groups’ experiences.
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.