Introductory Comparison of Avian Species – Australia and the USA
The speaker for the May 20 program of the Oklahoma City Audubon Society will be OCAS member Gavin Small, a specialist in conservation management. A native of Australia, Gavin is now a resident of Midwest City. After retiring from the Royal Australian Air Force as a wing commander, he earned a Master of Wildlife (Habitat) Management degree at Macquarie University, Sydney. He currently manages private land held under conservation covenants with State and Federal authorities where he is involved in all aspects of conservation management including pest control, management of contractors, wildlife survey and reporting. Gavin will be presenting taxonomic data from Australia and the United States and looking at similarities and significant differences. He will show photos of his favorite Australian species and others of selected species that are common to both nations.
Our meetings are held September through June on the third Monday of each month. They begin at 7 p.m. at the Will Rogers Garden Center, I-44 & 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.
2012 Christmas Bird Count numbers
In spite of dry conditions during the year, we found 119 species on count day with some rarities. To find out all the birds that were spotted, click here.
The Oklahoma City Audubon Society is neither a chapter of, nor affiliated with, the National Audubon Society.