Please note this area is about 4.5 hours south of Woodward
Wichita Mountains This 59,000 acre refuge was established in 1901 and hosts a remnant mixed grass prairie, an island where the natural grasslands escaped destruction because the rocks underfoot defeated the plow. The refuge provides habitat for large native grazing animals such as American Bison, Rocky Mountain Elk, and White-tailed Deer. Texas Longhorn Cattle also share the refuge rangelands as a cultural and historical legacy species. The largest breeding population in Oklahoma of the endangered Black-capped Vireo occurs on the refuge. Some other birds found here include the Rufous Crowned Sparrow, Rock Wren & Canyon Wren. We will also visit a local landmark, the Meers Store, www.meersstore.com, for a famous Meersburger, “the best burger in Oklahoma.” See www.tulsaaudubon.org/guides/wichita-mountains-nwr.htm. Difficulty: 2
Southwest Oklahoma/Hackberry Flat is one of Oklahoma’s premier birding destinations, known for its high concentrations of shorebirds and waterbirds. Rare and uncommon species such as the Black-necked Stilt, Stilt Sandpiper, and Snowy Plover can be seen. The sheer numbers of birds make this area stand out as one of the best anywhere. Please note that participants will need to purchase a Oklahoma Wildlife Department Conservation Passport for $26 if visiting Hackberry. See www.tulsaaudubon.org/guides/hackberry-flat.htm. Difficulty: 1
Logistics You will drive individually, leaving early Monday morning, or if you prefer Sunday evening and staying overnight in Lawton (make reservations on your own) or camp at the Wichita Mtns. For those also visiting Hackberry on Tuesday, you would stay in Lawton (again making your own reservations) and then in the morning carpool or caravan from Lawton to Hackberry.