may now join or renew your membership in the OOS on-line with your credit card.
Visit the membership page and select your
membership level, or print a renewal form to mail.
OOS Spring Meeting Recap
The 2013 OOS Spring Field meeting was held April 26-28 in Idabel and the warm, birdy climes of southeastern Oklahoma. Field trips to the Little River National Wildlife Refuge, McCurtain County Wilderness Area, and Red Slough resulted in a total of 157 bird species being tallied! The featured presenters on Saturday will be Dr. Douglas James and Dr. Ragupathy Kannan who presented an informative and engaging talk entitled: the Ecology and Conservation of the Great Hornbill (Buceros bicornis) in the Western Ghats of southern India. We had a great time and hope everyone can join us again for our fall technical meeting!
Supporting the Proposed Listing of the Lesser Prairie-Chicken
The Oklahoma Ornithological Society and the Kansas Ornithological Society endose the proposed listing of the Lesser Prairie-Chicken. You can read the joint letter of support here.
The 5th Annual
Slough Birding Convention will be held May 4-7 in
Idabel, visiting the legendary Red Slough and Little River NWR
among other areas. Speakers include Bryan Reynolds, founder of
the The Butterflies of the World Foundation, and and Laura
Erickson, formerly Science Editor for the Cobnrell Lab of
Ornitholigy. She's currently a columnist and contributing editor
for BirdWatching magazine and author of seven books about birds
2013 OOS Special Projects
The OOS Special Projects awards provide funding to students at any level,
faculty researchers, and individuals or civic groups proposing to do work that
aligns with our general mission to promote the “observation, study, and
conservation” of birds in Oklahoma.
The deadline for applications is
March 15, 2013
and awards will be announced April 12th.
Click here to read the abstracts from the papers presented at the recent
Recent Rarity Sightings from
Below is the eBird Rare Bird Google
Gadget, an up-to-date list of birds reported as "rare" in eBird. eBird is a great way to track your own sightings and to add to the
global knowledge-base of bird population trends. eBird has greatly improved over
the last year, and is a great way to keep your bird lists, You can also export
from AviSys and other listing software.
Click here for more info on the eBird gadget and how birds included on this
Jim Arterburn has provided copies of
two articles from North American Birds he has
co-authored with Joe Grzybowski and Ron Shepperd on Glossy/White-faced Ibis and
Double-crested/Neotropic Cormorant hybridization.
More and more hybrid ibis are being found
throughout Oklahoma, especially the Salt Plains, Hackberry and Red Slough and
surrounding states. While only the one hybrid cormorant has been found to
date these articles will be of interest to birders around the state and may help
bring more hybrid sightings to light.
We are an independent, non-profit
educational organization founded in 1951 and dedicated to the
observation, study, and conservation of birds. Our diverse
membership, which includes individuals of all ages, is composed
of both beginning birders and professional ornithologists. The
observation and study of birds is a prominent example of a
scientific field in which amateurs have made major
contributions. As a member of the OOS, you will have many unique
opportunities to cultivate your interest in birds.
Important Bird Areas, or IBAs, are sites that provide essential habitat
for one or more species of bird. In 2006 the OK Audubon Council began
a state IBA program, appointing Eric Beck as our
State IBA Coordinator.
Many OOS members serve on the
Technical Committee that is currently evaluating area
for inclusion as IBAs.
Click here for more information on this important
purpose of the
OK Wild Bird Wikiis to allow
Oklahoma birders to share their knowledge of Oklahoma
birds with the Oklahoma birding community. The Wiki
allows visitors to search for information on Oklahoma
birds and to enter new records of interest.