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Oklahoma winter pastimes: Eagle watching and fiddlin'

Oklahoma's winter has been typically mild, but we're still a few months away from summer weekends on your preferred lake.

But there are a few happenings that make for good wintertime getaways. Here's a list of some happening this month across Oklahoma.

Eagle viewing

Oklahoma has a stable eagle population that can be seen in just about every corner of the state. The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife are hosting eagle viewing tours throughout this month.

Lake Thunderbird, Feb. 21

Meet at the Discovery Cove Nature Center within Lake Thunderbird State Park in Norman for an information session at 1pm, then tour the park to catch a glimpse of magnificent eagles in their winter home. Be sure to bring your binoculars and dress appropriately.

Lake Tenkiller, Feb. 13, 20 and 27

Come to the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge for a tour featuring southern bald eagles on the nest. You will begin the tour by watching eagles from the refuge's webcam and continue the tour on the 25-person tour bus. Guests are encouraged to bring binoculars. Call (918) 773-5251 for specific times.

Fiddle playing

The State Fiddlers Winter Festival will be held Feb. 18-21 at Sequoyah State Park near Wagoner. The festival features live music performed by professional players along with evening dances. There will also  be workshops and jam sessions held throughout the weekend. For more information call 1-800-368-1486.

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