NW Oklahoma Field Trips

Click these links for more information on the Lesser Prairie-Chicken viewing, Greater Prairie-Chicken viewing, the Black Mesa trip, and the Wichita Mountains/Southwest Oklahoma trip or select their individual pages from the menu

Trek Descriptions

Difficulty Levels  1: Easy walking, no hills   2. A little more vigorous   3. More demanding physically, steeper grades
Call 918-809-6325 for any specific questions about trek difficulties

Conservation Passport.  The Harper & Woodward County Birding Trek and the Hackberry Flat Trek will visit state Wildlife Management Areas which require a Conservation Passport from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (Oklahoma residents who have a hunting or fishing license do not need this). The ODWC offers a 3-Day Conservation Passport for $15.00. You can purchase this online ahead of time at www.wildlifedepartment.com or you can purchase it at any Walmart in Oklahoma (and there is one conveniently across the street from the Festival hotel, the Northwest Inn).

Salt Plains NWR Trek

The Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge is located in north-central Oklahoma, about 1 3/4 hours east of Woodward. At 10,000 acres the refuge includes the largest saline flat in the central lowlands of North America, with another 32,000 acres of open water, wetlands, prairies, woodlands and farm fields. This diversity of habitat accounts for an abundance and variety of birds including American White Pelican, White-faced Ibis, American Avocet, Tricolored Heron, Franklin’s Gulls, Forster’s Tern, numerous plovers, sandpipers and waterbirds. Click here for more info on the Salt Plains from the Tulsa Audubon Guide to Birding in Oklahoma.  Trek will return in time for dinner at the Selman Living Lab. Difficulty: 1.
This trek includes bus transportation and box lunch.

Harper/Woodward County Birding Trek

Walking to Prairie Dog town

Walking to Prairie Dog town

A full-day devoted to the hot spots of Harper and Woodward Counties in northwestern Oklahoma. Some of the stops may include Fort Supply Lake first, where in recent years we’ve had birds such as White-winged scoter, Western Grebe, Say’s Phoebe, Roadrunners and numerous waterfowl and shorebird species. Next we will go to a Prairie dog town for Burrowing Owls. It is a fifteen minute walk from the van. On the way we hope to see-Cassin’s Sparrows, Grasshopper Sparrows and other Sagebrush species. Depending on rainfall and weather conditions, there are other spots in the area we might bird. The last stop will be Boiling Springs State Park, a scenic location with clear running springs and ancient cottonwood trees. In recent years we’ve had sightings of Evening Grosbeaks and Black-headed Grosbeaks. Louisiana Waterthrushes and many Pine Siskins are usually present along with many woodland species. Difficulty: 2. Conservation Passport Required. This trek includes bus transportation, a box lunch & snacks.

Alabaster Caverns Night Birding

Unfortunately, we have to cancel the Bat Banding event we used to do on this trip since White-nose syndrome has reached this area. We will still visit Alabaster Caverns at dusk, after dinner at the Selman Living Lab, and look for owls (Great–horned and Screech) and possibly Common Poorwills. Difficulty: 2.

Observatory at the Selman Living Lab

Stargazing at Selman Living Lab

After dinner at the Selman Living Lab, Join an Astronomer for stargazing using the telescope at the Lab, taking advantage of the truly dark skies in this isolated area of Oklahoma. If the weather is not clear, participants can alternately join that evening’s Owl Prowl. Difficulty: 1




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