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OOS Fall Technical Meeting

Oct 9-11, 2015

The 2015 Fall Meeting of the Oklahoma Ornithological Society (OOS) will be held Oct 9-11 in Durant, OK on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University. All meeting activities(other than field trips) will take place on campus. See below for map and directions. Registration begins Friday afternoon at 5PM in the lobby of the Bio-logical Sciences building. All attendees are welcome and encouraged to attend a cookout and social event Friday evening. There will be a speaker giving a mini-program and a bird quiz and an opportunity to show your own bird photos during the evening festivities. Please plan to come and join us for any or all of the Friday fun.

Saturday morning there will be field trips to Tishomingo NWR and Hagerman NWR. An optional Sunday morning trip will go to the Denison Dam area of Lake Texoma. All trips will leave from the Comfort Inn Motel parking lot. Trips will return to Durant by noon so participants can have lunch on their own before the afternoon events. Saturday afternoon events will include the annual business meeting which is open to everyone. Also, there will be a series of scientific presentations on avian research fol-lowed by a poster presentation. OOS will be honoring the best graduate and undergradu-ate presenters and posters with cash awards. Awards will be given for 1st place and run-ners-up.

There is a Silent Auction Saturday which begins at 1PM and ends at 5:30PM. Please bring items to put in the auction. Come ready to bid on bird related items and know that your money will benefit OOS activities. Saturday will conclude with the ban-quet and guest speaker presentation. We will be treated to an old fashioned BBQ dinner and fixin’s. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Michael Husak from Cameron University. He will give a program on Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, the state bird.

Whether you are a member or just interested in birds, please come join us for a weekend of food, fun and birds in Durant in October. Everyone is welcome. There are several motel options within a 10 minute drive of the campus. Choices include Best Western(580-924-7676), Comfort Inn(580-924-8881), Hampton Inn(855-271-3622), Holiday Inn(877-859-5095, and LaQuinta Inn(580-634-2020). The closest camp-ing choices are at Lake Texoma approximately 10-15 miles west of Durant. OOS has a block of ten(10) rooms set aside at a special rate of $75.65 plus tax at the Comfort Inn. *** Rooms must be reserved by Sept 18th to get the special rate***. Tell them you are with OOS or use promo code FC6KL6 when reserving your room. The Comfort Inn is located at 2112 West Main. You can register below or you can print and mail in this registration form.


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OOS Memberships/Renewals

You 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.


2015 OOS Special Projects Funding

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 was 3 April 2015.

An ad-hoc committee comprised of Chris Butler, Rebecca Renfro, and Tim O'Connell reviewed proposals for Special Projects funding.  Of all the proposals submitted, the top honors went to Caitlain Laughlin (from the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management ) and Danielle Perryman (from the Department of Integrative Biology), both from Oklahoma State University.  Caitlin's research was on the "Avian response to quarter century differences in fire history in the Oklahoma Cross Timbers", while Danielle's research was on the "Effects of supplemental feeding on Eastern Bluebirds, Sialia sialis". Congratulations to these students for their excellent work! 

Click here for more information on the OOS grant program.

Updated OOS Checklist


The Oklahoma Bird Records Committee (OBRC) is pleased to announce the fourth edition of the official Checklist of Oklahoma Birds has now been published, dated December, 2011. Click here for more information and to view the checklist.


Recent Rarity Sightings from eBird

Below is the BirdTrax 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 list.

Cormorant and Ibis Hybridization

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.


The two articles may be found on the Features page.

OOS Now Accepting Credit Cards!

You 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.

You may also purchase the OOS Date Guide and Field Cards on-line. See the publications page to order your items.


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.


Recent Rarity Sightings

Click here to view the eBird Rare Bird Google Gadget, an up-to-date list of Oklahoma birds reported as "rare" in eBird.


OOS On Facebook

Visit the official Facebook page of the Oklahoma Ornithological Society to see the latest news, photos and talk about Oklahoma birds.


OKBirds E-Mail Listserv

The Sutton Avian Research Center sponsors a discussion list (listserv) for those interested in Oklahoma birds. Click here for information on how to subscribe.

The American Birding Association's Birding News has the last few days of messages on one convenient page.


Guide to Birding in OK

View Tulsa Audubon's On-line Guide To Birding in Oklahoma featuring birding locations across the state, including Google Maps and Google Earth interfaces.


Important Bird Areas

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 program.


OKBirds Photos

Western Screech-Owl by Steve Metz

View the latest Bird photos submitted to the OKBirds listowner.


OK Wild Bird Wiki

The purpose of the OK Wild Bird Wiki is 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.




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