Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Oklahoma Bird Watching

Bird watching is fun for the whole family! It is estimated that approximately 50 million people around the country have fallen in love with bird watching. It is the most popular spectator sport in America, and with nearly 500 species of birds, Oklahoma is prime bird watching territory!

During the months of January and February in Oklahoma if you are looking for an exciting outdoor winter activity that won't break your budget and is suitable for the entire family, consider eagle watching.

Approximately 1,000 bald eagles winter in Oklahoma each year, drawn to the open lakes and rivers that don't freeze over, you can take the opportunity to watch them during their winter visit. Several state parks host eagle watching events throughout the winter.

You don't need to make a big investment in equipment to begin this exciting activity; the only things needed are a pair of binoculars, camera, warm clothes and sturdy shoes. Then pick a location for eagle watching. There are numerous locations across the state, among the possibilities are Mountain Fork River in southeastern Oklahoma, Lake Thunderbird in central Oklahoma, the Great Salt Plains Lake in the northwest and Quartz Mountain in the southwest. Search "eagle watching" on the Oklahoma Travel Web site: www.travelok.com for links to the state parks where you can see eagles, then contact the state park you want to visit to find out the dates and times of guided or self-guided eagle watching events. Most of these take place in January and February.

After you have packed your warm clothes and other gear, be sure to stop by the SWOSU Al Harris Library and check out our great selection of birding books which include the Smithsonian Field Guide to Birds of North America, The Eagle Watchers, Woodpeckers of North America and many more!

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