a Great Spring Birding Trip?
Sales Events at March and April Meetings
Known As 'Wild Canaries' - Nyla Bryant Woody
Update - Bob Germany
March - April Events
Trip to Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge April 19-21
the President - Tomye Ann Mainer
Least Tern Breeding Survey - Bob Harwood
Community College Classes by Russell Studebaker
From 'Bluebird Bob'
Vermont Summer Camps
About a Dear TAS Friend, Lois Rodgers - Laurel Upshaw
Christmas Bird Count - Jo Loyd,
Report - Amy Lambert
You Ever Wondered Just What Happens On A "Breeding Bird
Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge Breeding Bird Survey
May 10th and 24th, 2001 by Gail Storey
March 23rd & 24th. 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tulsa Fairgrounds, 15th St Gate 7
Sponsored by City of Tulsa and Metropolitan Environmental Trust
Oil / antifreeze /
pesticides / acids / paint / smoke alarms /
household cleaners / batteries / yard-care products / household toxins
/ caustics / thinner / bullets, 50 caliber or smaller.
There will be a Paint
Swap: swap your usable
leftover paint for some brought in by others.
(Call the mayor's office
or m.e.t. to confirm dates - they change
A GREAT SPRING TRIP ?
WASHINGTON CO, KS, BIRDING EVENT -
Greater Prairie-Chicken Booming Grounds, April 6th & 7th
$8 until Mar 18, $10 after. For more information contact Washington
County, Kansas, Convention and Visitors Bureau, (785) 325-2281 or web
YUMA, ARIZONA, BIRDING & NATURE
FESTIVAL April 17 - 21 For information contact Southwest Ecotourism
Alliance, c/o Yuma Convention & Visitors Bureau, 202 South First
Avenue, Suite 202, Yuma, AZ, 85364, or phone 1-800-293-0071.
SALES EVENT AT MARCH AND APRIL
Mary Jackson and Donna Germany, Sales Chairpersons
TAS is having a sale on everything in our
sales inventory. Scissortail tees specially priced at $8; TAS logo tees,
$5; county maps, $1; county date guide, $3; cardinal figurines (great
for baseball and football fans too!), $3; bird clocks, $5; decals, $3;
all patches & pins on sale too! Items will be on display at meetings
or call Donna Germany, 493-2726, for more information or to place your
And a SILENT AUCTION -- A NAS bookbag filled with goodies will be
available for bidding in a silent auction during the March and April
meetings. The opening bid is set at $25, and the winner will be
announced at the May meeting. Some items included are; A Guide to
Birding in Oklahoma; OOS & Tulsa County date guides; Bird Brains;
World of Birds; Birds: Their Lives, Ways & World; and a collector's
1st Harlingen Birding Festival tee shirt.
Elaine Renning will also be on hand to
take orders for those great bird pictures.
Plan to attend the meeting and place you
bid on this treasure trove of memorabilia, buy pictures, and take
advantage of the great sale bargains from our inventory. Can't come to
meeting? - call Donna Germany, 493-2726.
Known As 'Wild Canaries'
Nyla Bryant Woody
The American Goldfinch ranges over all of
North America except the Arctic. The bird is common from ocean to ocean.
We enjoy them in Oklahoma all winter and can there be a more marvelous
promise of spring than the first sign of yellow breeding plumage on the
male American Goldfinch at the feeder?? In spring, the "adult male,
is bright yellow with a black cap, black wings with white wing bars and
yellow shoulder patch; uppertail and undertail coverts white; tail black
and white. The female is duller overall, olive above and lacks black cap
and yellow shoulder patch", according to National Geographic. Each
winter, the numbers published from Oklahoma back yard feeder counts are
always high. They are easily recognizable and a favorite with most
In winter, we see them feeding on the dried Rudbeckia flower and
Sunflower heads in our garden. They particularly like Niger thistle,
which we feed in mesh bags. I have a photograph, taken last winter of
six of the bags hanging in fairly close proximity and I can count 26
Goldfinch in the photo. While we have quite a number of birds in winter,
they come to our feeders in even greater numbers during spring
migration. Some years, we have fed a fifty pound bag of black oil
sunflower seeds every ten days. We normally have six seed feeders out
Since Goldfinch don't nest until late summer when other birds have
mostly raised their broods, my 1917 Birds of America book describes
their behavior: "The abandon and wild delight of the bird at this
season while most other birds are feeding their young has brought forth
many interesting comments from nature writers. Dr. Chapman in his
Handbook says that 'their love song is delivered with an ecstasy and
abandon which carries them off their feet, and they circle over the
field sowing the air with music'.".
At any rate, they are lovely and we enjoy them during all seasons. Put
up a couple of thistle bags and watch for them now and especially in
Spring. Nyla Bryant Woody
UPDATE - Get paper and pen ready!
Bob Germany, Conservation Chairman
As of 2/06/02, the United States Senate
report shows that S.1318, Conservation and Reinvestment Act, was
introduced on 8/2/01 by Senator Mary Landrieu (LA). On that same date,
the bill was referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
Senator Jeff Bingaman (NM) is the chairman of that committee. Please
address you inquiries and your letters of support to him at United
States Senate, 703 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20510,
or telephone (202)224-5521. This bill has already passed the House.
Remember, this will greatly benefit national, Oklahoma, and local
wildlife habitats and conservation projects. (without 'infringement of
property rights' as our Oklahoma Senators have been led to believe.
Sorry, just had to say that, your editor, JC.)
March - April Events
Every Tuesday Mar & Apr Tuesday
Morning Birders meet at Tulsa Garden Center, 8 am thru Apr 3, then 7:30
am until fall. Join us! Call Neely Lowrie,
494-0401 or Patty Moser,
Sat Mar 2 & Apr 6, Birding with Oxley
Nature Center staff in Mohawk Park. Meet 8 am at parking lot. Call
Sat Mar 16 Field Trip Lake Claremore for
waterfowl and migrants. Meet 7:30 am NW corner of Wal-Mart parking lot,
south edge of Claremore. Leader Lynda
Tues Mar 19 General Meeting 7:30 pm at
Tulsa Garden Center, 2435 So. Peoria. Butterflies of Oklahoma by TAS
member Jim Thayer, teacher at Holland Hall. (This is a change in
speakers; Walter Gerard, our original speaker had to cancel.) Jim is a
butterfly enthusiast and will give us a great program. Presentation of
slate of officers for next year and by-law changes that are to be voted
on at April meeting.
Sun April 7 Daylight Savings Time begins,
set clocks ahead one hour J!
Tues April 2 Board Meeting 7:00 pm Marcie
Goad, 6204 S Fulton Circle, Warrensburg Addition, 492-0460 (Scissortail
deadline for May-June issue Apr 9th)
Tues Apr 16 General Meeting 7:30 pm at
Tulsa Garden Center. Annual Meeting - Election of Officers and changes
in By-laws. Program: Oklahoma Wildflowers by Charles S. Lewallen,
creator of 'Oklahoma Wildflowers' website. Mr. Lewallen will share his
outstanding digital images of Oklahoma wildflowers, many with surprise
visitors such a birds and insects.
Sat & Sun Apr 20-21 Field Trip
Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge for spring migrants and summer
residents. Leaders: Bill
Foster, 663-0973, and Gail Storey, 742-2684.
EARTH DAY April 22 Look for special
events that week. Sat Apr 20th the Tulsa Zoo is sponsoring an Earth Day
Bike Ride for children and adults, 30 mile & 15 mile. Contact Zoo
for details, fees, and times.
Sat & Sun March 23 & 24 Hazardous
Waste Collection Days Tulsa Fairgrounds, gate 7, off 15th street. 10 am
to 3 pm each day. See inside for details.
Fri April 26th National Arbor Day Plant a
Tree!! Remember to recycle all paper. One ton of recycled paper saves 17
trees, 4,100 kilowatt hours of energy, and 7,000 gallons of water.
Recycling also eliminates 60 pounds of air pollutants created when
making paper from virgin wood pulp.
Sat April 27 Field Trip Spavinaw Creek,
Delaware County, for spring migrants. Meet 8 am Langley, OK, in Reasor's
parking lot at junction of SH 82 & 28. Leader: Pat
Seibert, 747-4202. Cell 798-1071.
Trip to Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge
The Wichita Mountains compose one of the oldest mountain ranges
in the United States. The
granite and quartz peaks are strewn with weathered boulders in soft
pink, gold, and blue tints. The
refuge was established as a game preserve in 1905 by President Theodore
Roosevelt. It is located 25 miles northwest of Lawton, OK and includes
about 60,000 acres. It is
now one of the jewels of the National Wildlife Refuge System.
The scenery is stunning. In
the spring, the mountainsides are blanketed by wildflowers.
In addition, the refuge features a herd of about 500 bison.
This herd is the result of one of the earliest efforts to save
the bison from extinction. The
refuge is also home to a herd of purebred longhorn cattle.
A large prairie dog town is another popular feature.
The visitorís center holds many fascinating exhibits.
Join Tulsa Audubon Society for
a delightful overnight field trip.
We will be looking for spring migrants.
We will leave on Friday, April 19 and spend that night and
Saturday night at a motel in Lawton. For those who wish to drive down on Saturday, we will have
cell phones to facilitate meeting at the refuge. For information call
Gail Storey (742-2684) or Bill Foster (663-0973).
Tomye Ann Mainer
A committee has been appointed to make
nominations for officers and directors whose terms are expiring.
Committee members, Neely Lowry, Suzie Tramel, Aline Romero, and Donna
Germany, will announce the nominees at the annual membership meeting on
March 19. Nominations from the floor will also be accepted, with the
approval of the person nominated.
In light of recent changes to the Audubon Chapter Policy, many specific
provisions in our Bylaws have become obsolete or optional. An effort is
underway to revise our Bylaws in accordance with National. Copies of the
proposed revision will be available at our membership meeting on March
I would like to say a special thank you to Aline Romero for serving our
Chapter faithfully in so many capacities. She has resigned her position
on the Sales Committee and as a leader of the Tuesday Morning Birders.
Donna Germany and Mary Jackson will replace her on the Sales Committee.
Elaine Renning has agreed to assist the committee as well as sell bird
photographs. Appreciation is also expressed to Dody Nesbit on behalf of
our Chapter for paying the eagle property taxes. These are just a few of
the many capable volunteers whose contributions strengthen our
Least Tern Breeding Survey
Bob Harwood, Least Tern Chairman
The 2002 least tern breeding survey of
Zink Island in the Arkansas River will occur this year from early May to
early August as it does each year. This year's survey is especially
important because the least tern breeding on this island the past two
years has not been very successful. The U.S. Corps of Engineers and the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will remove the brush from Zink Island
again this year, but this time they will take more aggressive steps to
ensure that it does not grow back during the breeding season. Last year
a new least tern breeding colony of appreciable size was noted at 71st
Street by Kevin Stubbs of the Fish and Wildlife Service; this colony
also will need to be monitored this season. The proposed new least tern
island at 121st Street to be built by the Corps of Engineers plus the
associated Tulsa city park to be constructed probably will not be ready
for a couple of years. Those wishing to help in the breeding survey this
year need binoculars, and at least one spotting scope for each of the
day's teams is necessary. A sign up sheet for this year's survey will be
passed around at the March and April Tulsa Audubon Society meetings.
Please come and join us making the survey.
COMMUNITY COLLEGE CLASSES by Russell Studebaker
Perennial Gardening: call #80224, Sat,
Mar 9, NE campus, 9am - 12
Perennial Gardening: call #80225, Tue,
Apr 9, SE campus, 6-9 pm
Gardening In the Shade: call #80226, Mon,
Apr 1, NE campus, 6-8 pm
Native Plants for the Garden: call
#80230, Thurs, Apr 18, SE, 6-9 pm
Call today to register: 595-7236,
595-7736, 595-7536, 595-8136
FROM 'BLUEBIRD BOB'
It's March - think Bluebirds! - so, it's
time to declare WAR on the House Sparrow. One of the best ways to do
this is to NOT use mixed seed in your feeders; use only sunflower,
thistle, suet, etc. House Sparrows love the mixed seed. It will attract
them and they will find a house and then stay with that house, robbing
other birds of a home, especially the lovely Bluebird.
Carolyn Mathews, Education
Chairman, will present a Birding program for La Vine Assisted Living
residents, 101 South Garnett, April 3.
In April, Dody Nesbit,
Outreach Chairman, will present a series of programs called 'For the
Birds' at the Community Center in Jenks.
VERMONT SUMMER CAMPS
Three Audubon Camps will be
held at Hunnington, VT, ages 10 to 18, $825 to $975. For information
call toll free (887)752-2165, or e-mail <email@example.com>
ABOUT A DEAR TAS FRIEND
Those who remember Lois Rodgers, former
newsletter editor and wildflower committee chairman for TAS, Christmas
card information produced the following: Lois, a former WAC in WW II,
was one of five veterans honored in October 2001 at her Senior Center in
Louisiana - and the only woman. At age 81, she walks 2 miles a day in a
nearby park, bowls 3 times a week, does water aerobics, and continues to
lead a number of activity groups at her retirement home, where she also
maintains a hummingbird garden. She is in training for the Louisiana
State Senior Olympics Games held in October, entering events such as the
Discus and Shot Put. She reported their Christmas Bird Count, held on
Dec 15, totaled 63 Species, which reflects a rather low amount and a
year of fewer birds than usual - like we have been reporting here. Her
annual bird list last year was 200 species, also not 'up to par'
according to Lois. We are pleased to learn that she is still a live-wire
CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT December 15, 2001
Jo Loyd, Compiler
Tulsa Audubon Society participated in the
102nd National Audubon Society annual Christmas Bird Count. Eleven teams
with a total of fifty-four people spent the day in the count circle with
the result of 99 species and 23,500 individual birds tallied. The rare
bird of the day was the Black Scoter at the Skiatook Sewage Ponds.
Fairly common American Coots and Northern Bobwhite were missing from the
lists and sparrows were low in numbers. The following is the list of
species and numbers of birds counted. A special thanks to the teams who
helped make this a good count, also, to Gail and Glenn Storey for
hosting the soup supper following the count. (Big Day Count is May
4th - plan now to participate.)
|Common Loon, 5
Pied-billed Grebe, 22
Horned Grebe, 1
Double-crested Cormorant, 55
Great Blue Heron, 55
Canada Goose, 973
Wood Duck, 5
American Wigeon, 6
Blue-winged Teal, 3
Northern Shoveler, 191
Green-winged Teal, 208
Ring-necked Duck, 139
Greater, Scaup, 2
Lesser Scaup, 30
Black Scoter, 1
Hooded Merganser, 49
Red-breasted Merganser, 55
Ruddy Duck, 1
DUCK SPECIES, 35
Bald Eagle, 4
Northern Harrier, 8
Sharp-shinned Hawk, 3
Cooper's Hawk, 3
Red-shouldered Hawk, 45
Red-tailed Hawk, 64
ACCIPITER SPECIES, 1
HAWK SPECIES, 2
American Kestrel, 61
|Prairie Falcon, 1
Least Sandpiper, 50
Common Snipe, 2
Bonaparte's Gull, 394
Ring-billed Gull, 455
Rock Dove, 472
Mourning Dove, 135
Great Horned Owl, 6
Barred Owl, 4
Belted Kingfisher, 5
Red-headed Woodpecker, 135
Red-bellied Woodpecker, 56
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 6
Downy Woodpecker, 108
Hairy Woodpecker, 10
Northern Flicker, 88
Pileated Woodpecker, 8
Eastern Phoebe, 1
Loggerhead Shrike, 13
Blue Jay 453
American Crow, 850
Horned Lark, 23
Carolina Chickadee, 277
Tufted Titmouse, 153
White-breasted Nuthatch, 26
Brown Creeper, 6
Carolina Wren, 24
Winter Wren, 3
Golden-crowned Kinglet, 8
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 19
Eastern Bluebird, 144
Hermit Thrush,. 2
American Robin, 410
|Northern Mockingbird, 131
Brown Thrasher, 6
European Starling, 4953
American Pipit, 37
Cedar Waxwing, 333
Yellow-rumped Warbler, 56
Spotted Towhee, 12
Eastern Towhee, 6
American Tree Sparrow, 3
Shipping Sparrow, 14
Field Sparrow, 19
Savannah, Sparrow, 22
Fox Sparrow, 10
Song Sparrow, 109
Lincoln's Sparrow, 15
Swamp Sparrow, 10
White-throated Sparrow, 203
Harris's Sparrow, 199
White-crowned Sparrow, 87
Dark-eyed Junco, 1058
Smith's Longspur, 95
Northern Cardinal, 312
Red-winged Blackbird, 4234
Eastern Meadowlark, 218
Western Meadowlark, 1
Rusty Blackbird, 21
Brewer's Blackbird, 78
Common Grackle, 942
Great-tailed Grackle, 318
Brown-headed Cowbird, 370
BLACKBIRD SPECIES, 35
House Finch, 253
American Goldfinch, 203
House Sparrow, 1041
REPORT BIRDS OF INTEREST SINCE DEC 15
Amy Lambert, Recorder
Leader: B. Germany
date range 9/11 - 30 to 4/16 - 4
Nature Center (trailhead of Thrush Trail)
Leader: J. Loyd
and Harvard area
Leader: A. Romero
Please do not use the the <firstname.lastname@example.org.>
e-mail address. E-mail reports directly to me at email@example.com
or call 272-4794 or Pat Seibert at 747-4202.
I will keep track of the records for
Tulsa County Listers, but you need to let me know if you want to
participate. How about a competition for yard bird listers? You will
have to work hard to beat Elaine Renning, She reported 77 species last
year! If you want to participate, contact me, and let me know the area
of town you live in and REPORT! (In this case, you only report the
highest number of a species seen at any one time during a day. Report
the day with the highest number for each species during the month.)
Bill Carrell has reported 44 Species
since 1/01/02. Tuesday Morning Birders, with leader Aline Romero, had 70
species on New Years Day. We have had reports from 12 individuals or
groups since the first of the year, 301 total records.
This report covers 12/15/01 to 2/1/02. Remember, I need all of your
sightings. Amy Lambert, Recorder
YOU EVER WONDERED JUST WHAT HAPPENS ON A "BREEDING BIRD SURVEY?
Deep Fork National
Wildlife Refuge Breeding Bird Survey May 10th and 24th, 2001
In August, Tulsa Audubon Society received
a check from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for $1500 for conducting
a May Breeding Bird survey and the Winter Count the previous season. In
our capacity as an Audubon Refuge Keeper, the TAS Board of Directors
agreed to use this money to help with projects at the refuge as needed.
Members of the Tulsa Audubon Society
agreed to conduct a breeding bird survey for the Deep Fork National
Wildlife Refuge in Okmulgee, Oklahoma in May of 2001. Refuge staff
members Darrin Unruh (Acting Manager) and Ron Price coordinated the
count. Ric Kotarsky was contracted by the Refuge to set up the points
and compile the data. Ric had worked on the refuge before as an intern
and in other capacities. For this survey, a specific protocol was
followed. Ric designated 52 points on the refuge and marked them with
sticks. The sticks were painted orange on top and were numbered. At each
point we were to note every bird seen or heard during a 10-minute time
period. For each point, we were given a bulls-eye chart to record our
results. The center of the bulls-eye was to represent the stick and the
birds were to be marked in the appropriate directions from the center.
We were given a list of abbreviations for the various species of birds.
Sounds easy enough!
Our first day of the survey was May 10.
At 6:30 that morning Bill Foster, Tommye Mainer, and David Edwards
arrived at my house. We traveled together to the parking lot of Wal-Mart
in Okmulgee. There we met Ric Kotarsky and Ron Price. Pat Seibert and Jo
Loyd joined us there also. It was a beautiful morning. Ric gave us
copies of the protocol, timers, and a bulls-eye chart for each point. We
divided into two groups. Pat, Tommye, and Bill went with Ric. David, Jo,
and I went with Ron. We had to travel in refuge vehicles because the
roads are too bad for regular cars and because Ron and Ric were the only
ones who could find the points.
My group easily reached our first point
in a lovely forest clearing. Thanks to Jo's expert ear, we were able to
record several species, most by sound. We drove deeper into the refuge,
parked, and began walking to our next three points. We quickly realized
just how thorough Ric had been in placing the points so as to cover the
ENTIRE refuge. We also learned from
Ron that Ric had been riding on an all-terrain vehicle when he placed
the points! We walked for what seemed like miles, but eventually reached
all three points in that area and recorded our data. Ron decided to take
us on a short-cut back to the truck. Unfortunately, the short cut was
through a forest consisting entirely of poison ivy-the trees were poison
ivy, the shrubs were poison ivy, and the ground cover was poison ivy.
After passing through the Poison Forest we entered a more open woods and
picked up speed. Unfortunately, hidden in the leaf litter, was a strand
of barbed wire from an old fence. Jo tripped over it and fell down. She
was very brave and did not complain a bit. We arrived back at the truck.
Later, Ron admitted that he had been just a little bit lost. We covered
seven more points and returned to Wal-Mart about 1:00 where we met the
They had their own little tale of woe. As
they were traveling along, the truck got stuck in the mud. Fortunately,
the truck is equipped with a winch for just such occasions. However, at
that particular spot, there were no trees to attach the cable to. Bill
had to wrap it around a big shrub that was covered with thorns. This
procedure took about thirty minutes during which the truck would tilt
precariously to one side or the other. But this intrepid band still
managed to cover twelve points. Bill was admirably stoical about the
cuts and dribbles of blood on his arms.
We headed back to Tulsa having covered
almost one half of the points. In spite of a few problems, we had all
enjoyed the beauty and seclusion of the refuge.
On May 24 we gathered again to complete
the survey. Suzie Tramel, Bill Foster, Pat Seibert, Tommye Mainer, and
Bob Germany arrived at my house at 6:30 a.m. Bob and Bill rode together
and the 'girls' followed in my vehicle. Darrin Unruh, Ron Price, and Ric
Kotarsky met us at Wal-Mart in Okmulgee. Jim Harman from Fort Gibson
joined us. Jim does a lot to help at the Deep Fork and knows the refuge
very well. Darrin told us that he is starting a Friends group for the
refuge and would like interested members of Audubon to be a part of it.
It was a beautiful morning, surprisingly
cool. After a little discussion, we divided into three groups. Bob,
Tommye, and Pat went with Ric. Suzie went with Jim in his truck and Bill
and I went with Ron. We divided the remaining posts. About mid-morning,
my group walked to a post that was in pretty deep mud. Bill and I kept
hearing a call that we couldn't identify. We followed it and the mud got
deeper and deeper. Finally we were in water that came over the tops of
our boots. After that we didn't worry about wet feet any more. We sorely
missed Jo's good ear for sounds and we missed a lot of birds just
because we couldn't identify the calls. I ran out of bulls-eye charts
and had to draw my own, which were rather sad looking. Ron decided that
we had better skip our last post because to reach it we would have to
walk a short distance on the adjoining private property. The owner is
pretty mean and is not above taking pot shots at trespassers. We
finished a little early and decided to look for our fellow birders. At
Post 31, we found Ric's group. They had been stuck in the mud again and
had to winch out. We enjoyed a pretty view of the Deep Fork River and
then went looking for Jim and Suzie. We found them near an old cemetery.
We all joined together to cover their last point. We passed a very
impressive beaver dam on the way. We returned to our cars, compared
notes, and gave our data to Ric. Then it was time to head back to Tulsa.
In spite of the mud and the poison ivy, we all loved our time at the
Deep Fork. It has a wonderful variety of habitat. We are looking forward
to the time when the roads and trails will be improved and maybe someday
a visitors' center will provide a welcome. Gail Storey