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2019 OOS Fall Technical Meeting

October 25-27, 2019

The 2019 Fall technical meeting of the Oklahoma Ornithological Society (OOS) will be held October 25-27, at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. More details to follow.

Link to full announcement and agenda.

2019 OOS Spring Meeting

May 3-5, 2019

The 2019 Oklahoma Ornithological Society’s Annual Spring Meeting was held at Lake Wister State Park in Wister, Oklahoma, on May 3-5. Field trips were taken to Wister Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and Lake Wister State Park. The meeting list totaled 102 bird species. On Friday night, Steve Patterson gave a great presentation covering the natural history of Lake Wister and the Poteau River Valley. The group learned about the Poteau River Valley’s hydrology, historical Native American cultures, and more.

Saturday morning field trips consisted of trips to Wister WMA and Lake Wister State Park. The Wister WMA group, led by Mia Revels, birded through bottomland forest along the Fourche Maline searching for warblers and other migrants. Many birds were observed, including a pair of Prothonotary Warblers gathering moss to build a nest. There was also interest in other flora (many wetland plants), fauna (gar migrating upstream to spawn), and even fungi (Dead Man’s Fingers fungus). Jimmy Woodard led a group to the state park on the north shore, and they observed Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, a variety of vireos, and a Solitary Sandpiper. Both groups later met at the WMA and closed out the morning with a Yellow-breasted Chat.

In the afternoon, Jona Tucker led a group to observe native prairie and mima mounds east of Poteau. In the evening, we reconvened back at the state park for the banquet and an excellent talk from our guest speaker, Jona Tucker, entitled: “Thomas Nuttall’s Travels Between the Arkansas and the Red: Birds, Bison, and Beaver”. The group learned about Thomas Nuttall, what southeast Oklahoma was like in 1819, and land management practices in the area in the last two centuries. On Sunday morning, folks birded in the state park.

Many thanks to our speakers and field trip leaders for volunteering to share their knowledge with the group!


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.


2019 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 will be 1 March 2019.

We had seven great proposals submitted for 2017 OOS special project funding. The voting for each of the proposals was very competitive. Ultimately the Special Projects Committee chose to award three proposals, two research proposals at $500 each and one special project for $300. Below are the award winning grants in no particular order.

1. Monofilament Line Recycling Bins to Benefit Oklahoma Birds by Laurie A. Ribitzki. $300 awarded

2. eDNA Detection of the Endangered Least Tern, Sternula antillarum, in Oklahoma Rivers by Kayleigh Anaya. $500 awarded. University of Oklahoma

3. Examining the Effects of Environmental Contamination on the Cognitive Abilities of Free-Living Birds by Heather K LePage. $ 500 awarded. University of Oklahoma

Congratulations to the winners and I wish to thank the Special Projects Committee members for volunteering to review the proposals. -Don Glass

Click here for more information on the OOS grant program.

Updated OOS Checklist


The Oklahoma Bird Records Committee (OBRC) is pleased to announce the fifth 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.


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.


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.


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Western Screech-Owl by Steve Metz

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