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Annual Birding Convention
Southwest Region, May 11, 2010
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Tour Group on Little River NWR.  Photograph by David Weaver, May 9, 2010.
Tour Group on Little River NWR. Photograph by David Weaver, May 9, 2010. - Photo Credit: n/a
Butterfly and Wildflower Tour. Photograph by David Weaver, May 9, 2010
Butterfly and Wildflower Tour. Photograph by David Weaver, May 9, 2010 - Photo Credit: n/a

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Little River NWR), U.S. Forest Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Idabel Chamber of Commerce hosted the second Annual Red Slough Birding Convention in McCurtain County, Oklahoma.  The four day event took place May 8-11, 2010 at the Mary H. Herron Community Conference Center located in the Museum of the Red River in Idabel, Oklahoma.  There were 50 avid bird watchers from as many as 9 states that attended the convention.  The convention took place during the celebration of International Migratory Bird Day.  Participants at the convention were provided tours to Red Slough Wildlife Management Area, Little River NWR, and the McCurtain County Wilderness Area.  The convention provided nightly programs on birds and dragonflies from well known and recognized professionals.  Programs were provided on the Swainson's Warbler from Dr. Mia Revels, Dragonflies and Damselflies from Dr. George Harp, and the Yellow Rail from Dr. Chris Butler.  The keynote speaker at the convention was Bill Burt, a well known writer and photographer, who provided programs on (1) Rare and Elusive Birds of North America and (2) Marshes - Disappearing Edens.  The diversity of bird species found in the area provided many participants at the convention an opportunity to add several life birds to their list.


Contact Info: David Weaver, (580) 584-6211, david_weaver@fws.gov



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