Nestled in gently rolling foothills of the Ozark Mountains, Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge is home to wildlife as unique as the bald eagle and as elusive as the bobcat. Fertile bottomlands at the confluence of the Arkansas and Canadian Rivers make this east-central Oklahoma refuge a terrific wildlife viewing destination.
Listen to the din of quacking
mallards and honking geese in winter. Mallards by the thousands choose the
Refuge as their seasonal home along the central flyway. They're joined by
gadwall, pintail, teal, wigeon, shoveler and wood ducks, along with the largest
flocks of snow geese in Oklahoma. Bald eagles that
had once all but vanished, now nest on the Refuge. In winter, you can see numerous eagles roosting in cottonwoods or swooping over the waters in search of fish or waterfowl.
SEQUOYAH NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT SCHEDULED
This year marks the 113th anniversary of the National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count. The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a long-standing program based on citizen science involvement. It is an early-winter bird census, where thousands of volunteers across the U.S., Canada and 19 countries in the Western Hemisphere, go out over a 24 hour period to count birds. The annual Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge Christmas Bird Count will be held on Wednesday, December 19, 2012, and is free of charge to all participants. Volunteers interested in participating should arrive at 7:00AM at the refuge headquarters. From I-40 take the Vian exit 297, travel approximately 3 miles south on the county road, follow the signs to the refuge. Everyone is welcome to participate!
The Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge is teaming up with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation Game Wardens to host the 7th Annual Youth Waterfowl Hunt. This hunt is an excellent opportunity for youth between the ages of 13 and 15 to participate in an outdoor activity that is entertaining and educational. Young people do not need any prior hunting experience to be able to participate in this hunt, and parents are welcome to attend each day of the event with their children. The Youth Waterfowl Hunt is scheduled for December 27-28, 2012.
View the Live Eagle Cam - And Track the Fledglings of 2011
Live images of the nest are not available due to lightning strikes during the April storms. However, you can still follow this link to view the wide angle of the nest tree and go to the link on the left side of the page called “Eagle Tracking”. The locations of the fledged eagle with the GPS/satellite transmitter as it disperses from the nesting territory will be tracked on this site for up to three years.
Or to view the eagle-cam follow this link: www.suttoncenter.org/pages/live_eagle_camera
Changes to Waterfowl Hunting Access
Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge would like to announce that, starting immediately, all hunters utilizing the Sandtown Bottom Unit must enter the refuge through the main entrance gate. Accessing the unit from any other entry point, by land or water, is no longer allowed. Read more...