Volume 4 •
Issue 5 • May 2011
Join us for
Hackberry Flat Day
out on this fun filled day
Saturday May 14, 2011
the Oklahoma Department
of Wildlife Conservation and Friends of
Hackberry Flat are offering a fun-filled
day for the entire family from 9 a.m. to
3 p.m. at the Hackberry Flat Center
located near Frederick in southwest
Activities at the event
will include birding tours and wetland
hayrides, in addition to opportunities
to try archery and shotgun shooting.
Activities inside the Center include
viewing wetland “critters” in the
wetland classroom, fishing simulator and experiencing an interactive
exhibit about bats in Oklahoma.
Registration is not required and
visitors can come and go as they please.
All activities will begin
at the Hackberry Flat Center, a facility
that provides wetland classroom
experiences for school groups, programs
on wildlife and wildlife-related
activities as well as meeting facilities
for resource-oriented programs,
workshops and meetings.
Flat Wildlife Management Area is a 7,120
acre wildlife oasis located southeast of
Frederick in southwest Oklahoma. With
the help of many partners, the Oklahoma
Department of Wildlife Conservation has
restored this legendary wetland to
provide refuge for prairie’s waterfowl,
shorebirds and other wetland-dependent
birds and to provide recreation for
people craving the outdoors.
For more information or
to receive a booklet about the Hackberry
Flat Wildlife Management Area, call the
Frederick Chamber of Commerce at (580)
335-2126 or Melynda Hickman, wildlife
diversity biologist for the Wildlife
Department, at (405) 990-4977.
For a complete a complete schedule of
events go to
Other events scheduled to be held at the
Hackberry Flat Center
Saturday, June 11th – Center will be open
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday, August 13 – Hunter Education
Class. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, October 8 – Monarch Watch and
Dragonfly Hawks. More information coming
Saturday, December 10 – Hackberry Flat: A
Photographic Year-in-Review. A guest
photographer will highlight
his year at Hackberry Flat with an exhibit
Wildlife Area Destination
adjacent to the Byron state fish hatchery,
the watchable wildlife area showcases three
different habitats in a 40-acre.
Byron WWA includes a 1/2-mile self-guided
trail through a cattail marsh, forested
swamp and restored mid-grass prairie. The
trail contains informational signs,
observation blinds and piers to get visitors
closer to wildlife. Other features designed
to attract wildlife include bat houses,
a chimney swift tower, a barn owl nest house
and a bluebird trail.
The WWA is open for self-guided tours
daily during sunlight hours; weekday
visitors also can tour the fish hatchery
from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
NEW this year! The Nature Center located
at the Watchable Wildlife Area will be open
on the 3rd Saturday of each month, except
July and October. The biologist on duty will
be happy to visit with visitors about
wildlife in the area or take a walk with you
on the nature trail. Hours will be 9 am to 3
pm. Dates are:
- May 21st
- August 20th
- September 17th
- November 19th
- December 17th
Other events scheduled to be held at the
June 18th – Annual North American
Butterfly Association Butterfly Count, 9 am
– 3 pm. No cost but reservations required.
To reserve a spot email Melynda Hickman at
that children be at least 12 years
old. Bring a sack lunch. Drinks and
cookies are provided.
For more information about Byron
Watchable Wildlife Area
Take to the
road to catch a glimpse of Oklahoma wildlife
Trail of Oklahoma
From prairie chickens to "horny toads",
scissortail flycatchers to elk, the private
lands of Western Oklahoma are home to a
diversity of unique and interesting wildlife
species. The Great Plains Trail of Oklahoma
was developed to take advantage of
Oklahoma’s small-town hospitality and
showcase the many wildlife species that can
The Great Plains Trail covers 1,777 miles
and includes 33 counties. The trail consists
of 13 highway-based, driving loops that span
the entire western portion of the state.
Each loop guides travelers through areas
with the best opportunities to view wildlife
and includes designated stopping points on
both public and private areas.
To explore the driving loop visit
Kristen Gillman. Kristen is an Information
Specialist with the Oklahoma Department of
Northwest Oklahoma has One of the
I would like to cordially invite you
to enter the drawing for a one-of-a-kind
trip. The trip includes a
one-night gathering with more than one
million bats and other visitors.
Some of these visitors include deer,
lizards, rattlesnakes, coyotes and a
multitude of owls, and humans! See this big
group of Mexican free-tailed bats soar
into the evening sky over
Selman Bat Cave Wildlife Management Area.
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife
Conservation be will host the trip.
This year the bat watches will take
place the last four weekends in July.
The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for
children (12 & under).
Pre-registration is different this year
with attendees being drawn
lottery-style. Given the
popularity of this event, the Department
is turning to a more equitable way for
registering. The specified
registration period begins May 31st and
ends June 7th. To pre-register,
print off the registration form
beginning May 31st at 8 a.m. Registration is
by mail only and must be postmarked no
later than June 7th to be included in
the drawing. Much more information and
details about the Selman Bat Watch can
be found on
the website. Successful
registrants will receive a confirmation
packet by mail. Unsuccessful
registrants will receive their returned
check or money order by mail.
Wildlife Diversity Donations
contributions made in the memory of Dr. Richard
Rooney and Patsy
Dr. Brook Scott,
Clay Scott and Shelby Scott
Sullivan and Watkins LLP
Duncan Gun Club
Angel and Mac
Jere and Anne
We thank you for
all of your support!
Mary Lane & Steve
The WILDLIFE DIVERSITY
PROGRAM monitors and manages the
state's wildlife and fish
species that are not hunted or