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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.