Eagle Watch at Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge is an exciting
opportunity to view eagles coming into their roosting area as
the day ends.
The term "eagle
eyes" is used to describe people with excellent eyesight
for a reason. To reduce the chances that the eagles will see us
and not come into roost, the group size is limited and reservations
events are free to the public and reservations are on a 'first-come,
first-serve' basis. We are currently taking reservations and
you can make yours by calling 580-626-4794, option 1(Programs).
What to expect: We will
meet at the office (view map) at 4pm and start a natural
history program about eagles. After the program, we will
be take a hayride trip to the viewing area and guests will
sit on hay bales waiting for the eagles to come into roost.
It may be another 45 min. or more to wait for the eagles.
We will have to be very quiet and still as to not draw attention
to our hiding spot. We anticipate end time of about 6pm.
Dates (CANC =
Cancelled for Weather)
= Open Spots / * = WWA Event
to bring: Binoculars are a must. Staff will have
some on hand and others may be checked out, if needed. Hay
bales will be provided to sit, but you may bring a lawn
chair if you'd like.
Neutral-colored clothing is required. Everyone's
chance of seeing the eagles is dependent upon our ability
to not be seen first. Browns, greys, greens, tans, dark
blues and blacks are best during the winter.
go on the tour? Can I go alone? The area where
the eagles roost is, understandably, in a closed area. Visitors
are allowed to tour this area only during the eagle watches.
This minimizes disturbance.
Drinks? Smoking? You are welcome to bring snacks
or drinks, but you must take out what you bring in. Granola
bars or something that can be consumed without disturbance
to the group are preferrable. Smoking is not allowed in
the group. You may smoke if you leave the group, but you
must pocket your butts and dispose of them in a proper trash
Hatchery Watchable Wildlife Area (WWA)
to identify winter birds during a biologist-led program. Then
enjoy a guided bird walk along the Wildlife Area’s nature
trail. Start Time: 1pm at the Watchable Wildlife Area (View
Map - just east of Hatchery). Meet
at the indoor nature center.
Guests at the winter bird program will have
time to make the refuge program at 4pm. This program does
not require a reservation. For more information, please
view the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation Eagle
Watch website at www.wildlifedepartment.com/eagleviewing.htm.
ages will enjoy this event. The trail walk is approx. a
1/4 - 1/2 mile loop. This trail is open to the public throughout
January 9, 2008
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