May: The Platte River
Join us May 16 when Dr. Craig Davis will be the guest speaker the Oklahoma City Audubon Society
Dr. Davis’ program is titled: “The Plight of the Platte River: Cranes, Water, and People.” He will be talking about the historical changes that have occurred on the Platte River and how they have affected the cranes and other species that rely on the Platte. Additionally, he will be discussing the current conservation efforts on Platte.
Dr. Davis currently holds the Bollenbach Chair in Wildlife in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Oklahoma State University. Prior to coming to OSU, Dr. Davis was the avian ecologist for the Platte River Whooping Crane Trust in central Nebraska. While at the Trust, Craig was involved with developing and implementing conservation efforts for the Platte River and associated habitats. He was also involved with several research projects on sandhill cranes, whooping cranes, grassland birds, and wet meadow ecology.
Craig received his B.S. in natural resources with distinction in wildlife management from Ohio State University and his M.S. in wildlife biology from Iowa State University where he studied the ecology of wet meadow invertebrates and sandhill crane foraging ecology. He completed his Ph.D. from Texas Tech University where he studied the ecology and management of shorebirds in the Playa Lakes Region of Texas.
Dr. Davis arrived at OSU in 2001 where he has researched a variety of topics including golden-cheeked warbler responses to mountain biking, horebird use of wetlands in Oklahoma, bobwhite ecology, grassland bird responses to fire and grazing interactions, and wetland assessment and ecology.
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.
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.