February: Eagle Aviary
The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Eagle Aviary, one of Oklahoma’s three Native American aviaries, will be featured during the February 17 meeting of the Oklahoma City Audubon Society.
The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Eagle Aviary, located near Shawnee, offers a permanent home to eagles rescued in the wild who have been injured and cannot be released back into the wild. While only a handful of Native American Aviaries exist in the U.S., this facility is the first of its kind to incorporate culturally significant elements into the facility design while focusing sound husbandry practices. The CPN Aviary not only offers homes to non-releasable eagles but provides a source of naturally molted eagle feathers for tribal members for cultural ceremonial use while providing the opportunity to reconnect tribal members with the living eagle. Jennifer Randell, eagle aviary manager, will be speaking about the facility, why it was important culturally to provide injured eagles with a permanent home and the outreach they do within their community. She will have a short video consisting of a virtual tour of the facility and the eagles that call it home and will be bringing the aviary’s education birds as well.
Please join us on Monday, February 17 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.
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.