News and notes from the outdoors…
People who are interested in eagle watching will have a couple of opportunities in the coming weeks.
Guided eagle watching will be available at Lake Thunderbird from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 8; 9 a.m. to noon, Jan. 22; 1 to 4 p.m., Feb. 5; and 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 19. Registration is required, because of the need to provide transportation.
Large groups with transportation such as a bus or van may schedule special watches with as long as there is an open date. For more information or to register for a watch at Lake Thunderbird, call 321-4633.
For information about other lakes that host eagle watches, go to www.wildlifedepartment.com.
There are also opportunities at the Chickasaw National Recreation Area this month.
Park rangers at Chickasaw National Recreation Area invite the public to attend bald eagle watches scheduled for 9 a.m. Jan. 15 and Jan. 29. Each eagle watch will begin with a ranger program at the Travertine Nature Center. After the program, the group will caravan with park rangers to the Lake of the Arbuckles to locate and observe eagles in the wild. Those attending should dress for the weather; bring a camera and binoculars, and a sack lunch. Reservations are not required.
The American bald eagle almost reached the point of extinction, but the combined efforts of many private citizens, elected officials, and government agencies led to the removal of bald eagles from the endangered species list in 2007. To learn more about this annual event, please call the Travertine Nature Center at (580) 622-7234.
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