Martin Park Nature Center

LOCATION: Martin Park Nature Center
Contributed by Henry Benedict

35.363295 N 97.363365 W
Description:  Martin Park is a 140-acre nature park with over 3.5 miles of nature trails, ponds and a bird feeder blind. The staffed center includes a hands-on museum, browsing library, gift shop, and restroom. It is managed by the Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department. The park is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and closed through the Christmas holidays.

sparrow-harris-VELTEMartin Park is a wildlife sanctuary so smoking, pets, fishing, hunting, bike riding, camping, fires and other activities are not allowed. Naturalist Neil Garrison is often on duty to answer any questions. The park is a big piece of country in the middle of suburban Oklahoma City and well worth the visit.

Directions: Martin Park Nature Center located just west of Mercy Hospital at 5000 West Memorial Road, on the south side of Memorial between North MacArthur Boulevard and Meridian Avenue. Traffic is one-way, eastbound at the entrance to the park. Accessing the are from the east: take Memorial Road west past Meridian and look for the left turn at the top of the hill (about .5 mile). (See map)
While visiting the park, look for deer and armadillo. Many species of birds call the park their home:

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Lesser Scaup
Northern Bobwhite
Pied-billed Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Turkey Vulture
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Barn Owl
Barred Owl
Common Nighthawk
Chimney Swift
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Least Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Western Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird
Warbling Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Purple Martin
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
Bewick’s Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Spotted Towhee
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Harris’s Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
Great-tailed Grackle
Baltimore Oriole
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

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