January: Ecuador in 4G – Going, Going, Guango, Galapagos
Dr. Doug Wood will be the guest presenter at the January 26 meeting of the Oklahoma City Audubon Society. His presentation: “Ecuador in 4G: Going, Going, Guango, Galapagos”. This talk will feature highlights of his trip to Ecuador in Summer 2014. He will briefly cover a side trip to Papallacta Pass and Guongo Lodge, then focus on a field trip to the Galapagos Islands. The talk will cover birds, mammals, herps, and conservation.
Dr. Doug Wood, Ph.D., is an ornithologist and Professor of Biological Sciences at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Lawrence, Kansas. He earned his Bachelors in Biology from Boston University, Masters in Zoology from Eastern Illinois University, and Ph.D. in Forestry and Wildlife Ecology from Mississippi State University. He has taught a wide variety of classes at Southeastern including Ornithology, Field Ornithology, Zoology, Mammalogy, Fisheries and Wildlife Management, Conservation of Natural Resources, Majors Biology, and Bioethics among others. He has also conducted research on a wide a variety of ornithological subjects such as cavity nesters, endangered species, brood parasitism and migration ecology. Dr. Wood is also an avid birder. He has birded in 20 counties around the world. He uses bird trips to improve his knowledge of birds and conservation, as well as the thrill of birding and amateur photography.
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.
February: Painted Buntings
Eli Bridge, Assistant Professor in the Oklahoma Biological Survey at the University of Oklahoma, will be the guest speaker at the February 16 meeting of the Oklahoma City Audubon Society. Eli is trained as an ornithologist and biologist, but he also builds electronic gadgets to help us understand and conserve birds. His interests revolve around the evolution of avian life histories—how birds negotiate tradeoffs among demanding activities such as breeding, feather molt, and migration. Some of the avenues he is currently exploring include Migration Strategies, Parental Programming and Gadgets. He designs and builds RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) readers and geolocation dataloggers for animal monitoring and tracking.
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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.