Address: High Plains RC&D
Oklahoma Wildlife & Prairie Heritage Alliance
Volume IV, Issue II April – June 2008
Buffalo, OK 73834
PO Box 353
#2 Miles Addition
New GPT Sites
The Great Plains Trail of
Oklahoma is proud to introduce
four new destinations to the
GPT Map. These sites will be
added to the new maps that are
expected to be out by this fall.
The Quebradas Ranch, north of
Gage will join the Sand Hills
Loop. Here you can enjoy a
number of activities from
hunting to nature viewing. One
Bluff Inn, near Leedey joins
of the state’s largest
the South Canadian Loop. This
cottonwood tree sits next to a
location includes a beautiful
spring-fed creek and is a must
lake that is home to belted
see for any wildlife enthusiast.
kingfishers, wood ducks,
You can even stay the night in
herons and many more. There
the “Cowboy Shack”, a 2-
are a number of walking trails
bedroom trailer decorated to fit
that lead through the rolling
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hills of this mixed grass prairie.
The Gloss Mountain Loop The food and accommodations
welcomes the Western Cedar are as excellent as the time you
Hunting Preserve near will spend here.
Mooreland. This beautiful
The Caddo Canyon loop adds
hunting preserve has a bed and
the Prairie Canyon site .This
breakfast with 640 acres of
private property is accessible
prime quail and pheasant
via a guided tour and is a mix
shooting and bird watching.
of upland prairie and deep
This is an excellent place to
canyons that you may enjoy
spend a weekend of fun for
walking or driving.
everyone in the family.
(GPT cont.) The Expo is a great time for the
This land is home to bobcats, whole family!
whitetail deer, wild turkey and
even beavers. Bird watching is
also excellent in this well
balanced piece of nature.
Come experience the Great 2009 Photo Contest
Plains Trail of Oklahoma, NOTICE: The rules for a
every crest of a hill or bend in photo contest for pictures taken
the road, allows you new within each loop will be
wildlife viewing opportunities announced at EXPO and will
to enjoy! be published in the next
OWPHA Membership Form
newsletter. Please watch for
OWPHA Website them and please be taking
www.OWPHA.org is the pictures within any loop to
AMOUNT OF DUES
address for the website.
enter into the contest.
Changes are made weekly to
keep everything current. Web DID YOU KNOW: The
wizard Sue Hokanson would South Canadian Loop was
appreciate having the dates of selected to be a pilot project for
community events or Oklahoma State University's
environmental group meetings newly revamped PRIDE
to post. project. One of the loop leaders
Check Cash (Non-deductible)
Check Cash (Non-deductible)
will present more information
on PRIDE at an upcoming GPT
meeting. PRIDE can add to the
advertising of you loop in a
way nothing else can.
Wildlife Expo OWPHA Brochure
The 4th annual Oklahoma Coming this summer: the new
Wildlife Expo will be held OWPHA Brochure! Through a
September 26-28, 2008 at the cooperative venture between
Lazy E Arena. OWPHA will OWPHA and Red Carpet
participate by having an Country, a new full color
Educational Booth set up for brochure will be produced.
The Great Plains Safari Game.
Eastern Red Cedar from concern to wildlife groups, whether it Icon Species: Great Plains Trail of
Peril to Profit was held July 8-9 is removed for use by some business Oklahoma
of whether it is removed by fire, is Great Plains Trail of
at the Moore Norman Technology Oklahoma South Canadian Loop
Center in Oklahoma City. The not of mayor concern to those groups.
purpose of the conference was to Removal of the Eastern Red Cedar is Salt Plains Loop
discuss the pros and cons of Eastern their major concern.
Red Cedar and to discuss "The
Hazardous Fuel Removal for OWPHA Membership
Economic Development Project". What does one get for being a
The research for that project was member of OWPHA?
primarily carried out just north of the Individuals receive the
North Canadian River in Woodward
OWPHA decal, the soon to be Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
County. Among other findings were Snowy Plover (Tyrannus forficatus)
that we do have a problem with printed OWPHA brochure, this (Charadrius alexandrinus)
Eastern Red Cedar (ERC), they do quarterly newsletter, the right Oklahoma’s State Bird is easily
affect the quality of water, they affect to attend quarterly Board This small shorebird is commonly identified by its long tail and its “sky
in a major way the quantity of water found at the beach, alkaline lakes, salt dance”. This neo-tropical bird,
meetings and the Annual flats, dunes or river sand bars. In
that is not getting into the ground, winters in tropical areas of Central
because of the ERC range production
meeting in January. What does northern Oklahoma, large numbers and South America, returning each
is greatly reduced, land values are it cost? Just $20.00 per year. can be observed at the salt flats at the spring to the prairies to court and
decreased, human allergies and health Have you paid your 2008 dues? Great Salt Plains raise their young.
problems have increased and there
has been major degradation of OWPHA Partners The salt flats, at first glance, are not Like its common name states, this
wildlife habitat. very hospitable places for this small bird has a long tail that looks like a
High Pains RC & D bird to live. The standing water is too pair of scissors in action and it eats
There are opportunities in the area of
www.highplainsrcd.com salty to drink, the wind blows hot and flies. Well not just flies but also
cedar removal which would create dry, there is very little vegetation for grasshoppers, bees, wasps and even
businesses and jobs. Removal of Oklahoma Department of shade or shelter. spiders on the ground. The scissortail
ERC would increase land values, Wildlife Conservation can be spotted sitting on fence rows
increase land productivity, increase So what does this shorebird do to or power lines, looking for its next
(ODWC) survive? It does NOT drink the salty
ground water, increase stream water meal!
www.wildlifedeartment.com water; most of its water comes from
and increase water delivered
downstream to lake and to cities. the animals the bird eats: mostly When migrating, the Scissortail, like
Playa Lakes Joint Venture insects (flies & beetles) and worms. most songbirds, flies at night. During
As few as three ERC per acre will www.pljv.org It spends most of it’s time near the the day they rest and eat and eat and
impact wildlife. The plots in the water where it is slightly cooler. eat. It takes a lot of insects to fuel a
research area in Woodward County Oklahoma Tourism & When the bird gets really hot, it cools whole night’s worth of flying!
averaged 426 ERC per acre. Each off by standing in the water!
Recreation Department Size: 11-15” in length (with a tail
ERC averages using 35 gallons of
water per day 365 days per year. The (OTRD) Size: 6.25” in length almost 9 inches long)
ERC is growing at a rate such that www.travelok.com Description: light in color above; Description: light grayish above;
they are covering more than 700 acres dark ear patches; dark legs; long, thin bright salmon colored belly & sides;
per day with was is called canopy Please visit their websites to see what bill. tail long, deeply forked black &
cover, killing grasses and preventing other great things they are doing! Season: spring to early fall white.
the growth of any other plant life. Season: spring to early fall
Removal of the ERC is of primary
Calendar of Events BioBlitz is a rapid inventory Keitha’s Comments being able to keep OWPHA
Eastern Red Cedar: From with volunteers counting as going so if you haven’t
Peril to Profit Conference many species as possible in 24 Hi Fellow Wildlife and Prairie renewed this year it’s not too
July 8 & 9, 2008 at the Moore- consecutive hours. Heritage Enthusiast! late!
Norman Tech Center in Moore, www.biosurvey.ou.edu/bioblitz
Oklahoma. The High Plains RC /BioBlitz2008 This is just a quick note to let Where else can you get
&D hosted this excellent you know the exciting progress WORLDWIDE advertising for
conference and quite a few of High Plains RC&D meeting being made by your Alliance. only $20 a year?
OWPHA’s members attended. September 17, 2008, 10:00am
OWPHA also had a display and at the Board Room at the New Sites have been added to Keep the Faith! Conservation
literature available. USDA/NRCS Office in the Great Plains Trail and will and Preservation are still an
www.highplainsrcd.com Buffalo. be on the 2nd printing of the important part of everyone’s
www.highplainsrcd.com Map coming out this fall. life.
Great Plains Trail Meeting More requests are being
On July 30th at the Boiling Oklahoma's Statewide received and we’ll be assessing Take care,
Springs State Park, Group Women in Agriculture & them as soon as possible, to try Keitha Dale
Camp I, there will be a meeting Small Business Conference, and get them included in this OWPHA Chair
of the Great Plains Trail September 18-19, Moore map reprinting. Thanks
Committee. Melynda Hickman Norman Technology Center, goodness we have the website
will be presiding over the OKC. This years theme is that can update new info Oklahoma PRIDE Training
meeting. Topics on the agenda “Managing Risk Successfully”. without having to wait for
include the reprinting of the www.greatplainsrcd.org another map printing. Producing Resourceful, Informed,
map and reconfiguration of the Also we’re nearing completion Devoted Employees
October 8th OWPHA meeting of purchasing another playa,
loops. All GPT Loop Leaders
Will be held in the Woodward enabling another community
are urged to attend. The OSU website says it best:
ODWC offices. with the ability to save a “When good hospitality
Great Plains RC&D meeting shrinking habitat so necessary spreads throughout your
Youth Outdoor Expo
August 19th, 9:30 AM at the October 11, 2008, Sayre will be
for prairie birds and wildlife as community, everybody wins!
Board Room at the USDA/ well as grasses. With this workshop, you'll get a
hosting their 3rd annual Youth
NRCS Office in Cordell. Outdoor Expo package deal—“how-to”s and
www.greatplainsrcd.org Check out www.owpha.org to materials--so you can give
The USDA prohibits discrimination in all of its programs and see the new policies and excellent presentations about
activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age,
BioBlitz! 2008, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial procedures adopted at the last Oklahoma PRIDE to civic and
status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic
September 12-13 at the Salt information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of quarterly meeting. The website other groups.”
an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance
Plains National Wildlife program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs) is updated weekly so if your http://www.rd.okstate.edu/
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for
Refuge & Great Salt Plains communication of program information (Braille, large print, loop has an event, be sure to
audiotape, etc) should contact USDA’s Target Center at (202)
State Park 720-2600. To file a complaint of discrimination write to take advantage of posting it on
USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence
Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795- the website. Your membership
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