Birding tours are being offered Saturday at Hackberry Flat near Frederick in southwest Oklahoma.
A morning birding tour for intermediate and advanced birdwatchers begins at 8:30 a.m.
Birding tours for beginners and families are offered four times on Saturday: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2 p.m.
To make reservations for a bird tour, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to specifiy which of the four time slots are preferred as well as the number of people in the group.
Visitors may also sign up for a tour upon arrival Saturday at the Hackberry Flat Visitor’s Center, but each tour group is limited to 20 people.
In addition to the birding tours, visitors to Hackberry Flat on Saturday may also try archery and shotgun shooting for both skilled and beginning shooters, crayfish hunting, and close-up observation of the sport fish of Oklahoma in the Wildlife Department’s large aquarium.
A wetland classroom will be presented by Quartz Mountain Nature Park and the OK Wildlife and Prairie Heritage Alliance.
An interactive exhibit about bats in Oklahoma will be presented by Alabaster Caverns State Park.
Participants in the Hackberry Flat Day activities are exempt from possessing a hunting or fishing license or conservation passport normally required when entering most wildlife management areas.
All activities will begin at the Hackberry Flat Center, a facility that provides wetland classroom experiences for school groups, programs on wildlife and wildlife-related activities as well as meeting facilities for resource-oriented programs, workshops and meetings.
For more information about the Hackberry Flat Center, call Melynda Hickman, Wildlife Diversity biologist for the Wildlife Department, at (405) 990-4977.