Tour Three Oklahoma Bird-watching Hotspots

March 6, 2019


The Idabel Chamber of Commerce is hosting tours of three Oklahoma birding hotspots May 4 – 7, 2019. The Red Slough Birding Convention, now in its 11th year, gives new and experienced bird watchers the chance to test their bird-watching skills and potentially add new species to their list of life birds.

“We’ve timed the convention with some of this area’s best bird-watching opportunities,” said Robert Bastarache, U.S. Forest Service district biologist and event committee member. “Migrating warblers are a tour staple, but we also expect to see a variety of marshbirds, shorebirds, and songbirds.” More than 150 species were tallied during last year’s convention.

Group field trips are scheduled for both morning and afternoon; morning tours focus on the area’s diverse bird life while afternoon outings showcase dragonflies, wildflowers and champion trees.

The $125 registration fee covers the six tour options (including transportation to the conservation areas), three evening presentations, a banquet, and the birding convention T-shirt.

Tour information, past bird lists and the registration form are at