Woodward is a town of around 15,000 people who all know one another. They love to have company and will be friendly and curious about why you’re there. Established in 1887, it had it’s humble beginnings as a railroad supply point for the Indian Territories and Camp Supply. Today it is a progressive energy producing community. It is small town Oklahoma at it’s best! Whether you sit on one of the stools at PollyAnna’s down on Main Street and admire the black and white tile floor or have a great steak at the local’s favorite, JB’s, you will be treated as company. Woodward is the step off from the Plains to some rolling hills and a few trees. It’s a great base for seeing the many wonderful sites in Northwest Oklahoma.
Festival Headquarters is the Northwest Inn located in Woodward. Registration, workshops, vendors and displays will be in the Terrace Room, and all treks will leave from there. Special rates are available for festival participants. Rates include a free, cooked breakfast and free wireless Internet. See www.northwestinnok.com for details of the room amenities. Call the Inn at 800-727-7606 to make your reservation, mentioning the Lek Treks & More Birding Festival.
Other Lodging Options
Additional hotels and motels are located in Woodward (though you won’t find a better value than the Northwest Inn!).
Camping is available at Boiling Spring State Park, located just a few miles east of town (1-800-654-8240 www.oklahomaparks.com)
If you have any dietary concerns (allergies, customs or other requirements) for meals or box lunches, please include a note with your registration
All day field trips include a box lunch, otherwise lunches are on our own.
Evening Events & Dinners
Banquet and Keynote Speaker, Northwest Inn
The Saturday evening banquet will be at the Northwest Inn in Woodward. A cash bar will be available. There are three menu options, steak, grilled chicken breast, or a vegetarian entree. These are priced individually on the registration form. Al Blatt will be the keynote speaker.
Dinner at the Selman Living Lab (including botany walk)
The Selman Living Laboratory is a field research facility located in the rolling hills & plains about 30 miles northeast of Woodward. On the Selman Lab’s wide array of habitats are several small buildings including an astronomical observatory. Dinner will be a cookout of hamburgers, chicken (no, not prairie-chicken!) and salads at the Lab’s large barbeque pit. Before dinner prairie plant expert Dr. Gloria Cadell will lead a botany walk around the lab prairie habitats. After dark you can either go to nearby Alabaster Caverns for a bat watch, or stay at the SLL to take advantage of northwest Oklahoma’s dark skies for stargazing (weather permitting, of course!) See www.biology.uco.edu/SelmanLL