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Saturday's Outdoor Events in Oklahoma

See the stars at Hackberry

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and the Friends of Hackberry Flat are hosting a star party at the Hackberry Flat Center located south of Frederick.

Mike Caywood, manager of Alabaster Caverns State Park and amateur astronomer, will be the host for the star party from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10.

The event is free and refreshments will be provided.

“Hackberry Flat is a perfect spot for viewing the constellations, planets, the Milky Way Galaxy, and other celestial objects of the night sky,” said Melynda Hickman, wildlife diversity biologist for the Wildlife Department. “This program will capture the imagination and wonders of the night sky.”

Those planning to attend are urged to dress warmly and to bring an outdoor chair and blanket. Telescopes will be set up, weather permitting.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2015, Hackberry Flat Wildlife Management Area, located near Frederick in southwestern Oklahoma, offers 7,120 acres of wildlife recreational opportunities. .

To get to the Hackberry Flat Center, from Frederick, take U.S. 183 south for one mile, then go east on Airport Road for three miles. Follow the blacktop road south, and continue six miles. Watch for signs to the center.

For more information about this and other educational programs held at Hackberry Flat Center, contact Hickman at or by phone at (405) 990-4977.

Eagle watches at Chickasaw National Recreation Area

Bald eagles are flying once again over Lake of the Arbuckles at Chickasaw National Recreation Area.

Bald Eagle Watches are scheduled for Saturday, January 10 and 24. The day begins at 9 a.m. with a program at the Travertine Nature Center.

After the program, the group will caravan with park rangers to Lake of the Arbuckles to locate and observe eagles in the wild. Those attending should dress for the weather; bring a camera and binoculars, and a sack lunch.

The American bald eagle almost reached the point of extinction, but the combined efforts of many private citizens, elected officials, and government agencies led to the removal of bald eagles from the endangered species list in 2007.

Many eagles winter in Oklahoma and eagle watches are held at lakes, state parks and wildlife refuges round the state in January and February. To see a list of eagle watches, visit and click on the link to birds and bats.

For more information on the eagle watch on the Chickasaw National Recreation Area, contact the Travertine Nature Center at (580) 622-7234.

Wildlife Tour on the Washita NWR

Washita National Wildlife Refuge and Foss State Park are partnering to host a wildlife tour Saturday, January 10.

The free tour begins at 9 a.m. at the headquarters of Foss State Park on the south end of Foss Dam. A tour bus will shuttle visitors around the refuge and state park in search of eagles and other wildlife.

Spotting scopes are available at stops along the tour, but participants are encouraged to bring binoculars or their own spotting scopes. The tour ends with bison viewing and a free lunch.

The tour bus is equipped with a speaker system that allows tour guides to point out animals and provide information about the wildlife, habitats, and history of the area.

Participants are encouraged to ride the bus, but can follow in their own vehicle if they wish. The tour will wrap up sometime between 11 a.m. and noon at the Foss State Park Headquarters where the park staff will be feeding the bison herd.

Bald eagles, ducks and geese, bobcats, coyotes, armadillos, and white-tailed deer are some of the wildlife that may be spotted during the tour.

For more information, please contact the Washita National Wildlife Refuge office by calling 580 664-2205, or e-mail


Ed Godfrey

Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more... Read more ›