With the leaves beginning to turn and the weather cooling off, here’s a good opportunity to visit a beautiful area of the state this weekend. The following information is from The Nature Conservancy, http://www.nature.org/wherewework/northamerica/states/oklahoma/events/events6526.html
Have a read, and see if you can go.
Date: Friday, Oct. 29
Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Overview: Hike through the Looney Unit of the Ozark Plateau National Wildlife Refuge. Participants will meet at the Mary and Murray Looney Education and Research Center near Colcord for an extended hike through one of the most scenic and pristine areas of the Oklahoma Ozarks. The hike will begin with a visit to the entrance of an extensive cave that protects endangered Ozark cavefish, cave crayfish, gray bat and a suite of cave-dwelling salamanders.
The group will follow a primitive path along a narrow forest stream into bottomland hardwood forest. The path will lead to a sunny sandbar on Spavinaw Creek, where participants will learn about conservation efforts to protect the watershed. Refuge biologist Shea Hammond will provide a glimpse into the site’s history, its ecological significance, and future plans for public visitation. Bring a lunch to enjoy on the covered porch of the historic log cabin. Bring snacks, bug spray, and plenty of water.
Reservations: Contact Steve McGuffin at (405) 858-8557 or firstname.lastname@example.org.