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OUTDOOR NOTEBOOK: Red Slough Birding Convention set for May

Three of Oklahoma's bird watching hot spots will be toured as part of the 10th Annual Red Slough Birding Convention, hosted by the Idabel Chamber of Commerce May 5-8.

“The chance to see 150 species of birds during the four-day convention has been drawing bird watchers to southeastern Oklahoma for the past decade,” said Robert Bastarache, U.S. Forest Service district biologist and event committee member.

Guides will lead convention participants on morning tours of the Red Slough Wildlife Management Area, Little River National Wildlife Refuge and McCurtain County Wilderness Area.

“Wetland birds and warblers are staples of the Red Slough and Little River tours, while scarlet tanagers and the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker are highlights of the McCurtain County Wilderness Area field trip,” Bastarache said.

In addition to the morning bird-themed tours, participants of the Red Slough Birding Convention can also take guided afternoon tours of the region's diverse dragonflies, prairie wildflowers and champion trees.

The $125 registration fee covers the six tour options including transportation to the conservation areas, three evening presentations and a banquet.

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March Rack Madness scheduled Friday

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is hosting its "March Rack Madness" event Friday at the agency's headquarters in Oklahoma City, 2145 NE 36.

Deer hunters can bring antlers to be scored from 1 to 4:30 p.m. The antlers must be attached to the skull plate, whether mounted or unmounted.

Also, antlers must have gone through a 60-day drying period. All bucks harvested before Jan. 9 should meet the drying period requirement. Certified scorers also will be able to measure elk antlers and pronghorns.

Hunters who didn't sign up by the March 2 deadline can bring racks to be scored as time permits, based on a first-come, first-served basis.

SCI banquet set Saturday in Norman

The Oklahoma Station chapter of Safari Club International will hold its 33rd annual convention banquet and fundraiser at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Embassy Suites in Norman.

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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 ›