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Oklahoma City Zoo Lake

Oklahoma County

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By Nancy Vicars & Ernie Wilson, from the OKC Audubon Society, 2007


The following, by Nancy Vicars & Ernie Wilson, is excerpted from the OKC Audubon Society OKC Zoo Lake Page. Please visit their page their page for a complete account:

This is a small lake and park with mostly oak trees plus several brushy hillsides. This is a public park and the gate is open from dawn to dusk. Ample parking is available in several locations on the south side of the lake with convenient access from I-35. There are areas where you can observe waterfowl from your parked car which is delightful especially for handicapped birders or in extreme weather conditions.

In addition to the Oklahoma City Zoo, this lake is in the immediate vicinity of Remington Park Race Track, the Kirkpatrick Center OmniPlex, National Softball Hall of Fame and Lincoln Park Golf Course.

From: I-35 exit #132A onto NE 50th St. and turn west for .4 mile. At the intersection with Grand Blvd., jog SW into the entrance of the south end of the lake. A loop drive returns to the starting point.

From: I-44 exit #129 onto ML King Blvd. and turn south at the 2nd traffic light. Turn east onto Remington Place continue past the zoo then turn right onto Grand Blvd.

Drive the loop road and bird from your car or walk along the lake from any parking location on the south side of the lake. Be sure to check the vine covered, overgrown, brushy hillsides carefully. Patience and pishing helps to bring those secretive species out for a quick look. There is a small stream near the north end of the loop drive that provides excellent habitat, especially in the winter. It is the best place to check for wintering Sparrows, Towhees and Wrens. At the point where the stream enters the lake is the best place to look for the elusive Winter & Marsh Wrens and Swamp Sparrows. There are trees where you can bring a chair and your scope to observe birds in the shade and enjoy a picnic. Be sure to always scope out along the north shore (Zoo side) for the resident Wood Ducks.

Please see the complete account by Nancy Vicars & Ernie Wilson on the excellent OKC Audubon Society OKC Zoo Lake Page for more details about birding this area and the birds one may find.

Note that North is DOWN on this map!

Click here or on map for full PDF version of zoo map (note North is DOWN on this map)

 

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