News of the Week

Feb. 26, 2015
Major Events Next Weekend Support Conservation
   SCI Banquet, NatureWorks Art Show Help Sportsmen, Wildlife 

Major conservation-related events are set the weekend of March 7-8 in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. The Oklahoma Station Chapter Safari Club International will hold its 30th annual Convention Banquet and Charity Fundraiser on March 7 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. And the NatureWorks Wildlife Art Show and Sale will be held March 7-8 at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center.

     Some of the funds raised from sales at both of these events are used by these organizations to support conservation-related activities in partnerships with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

 

SCI Convention Banquet and Fundraiser

 

Todd Craighead

Featured speaker will be Todd Craighead, host of the "Outdoor Oklahoma" television program produced by the Wildlife Department. Jon and Stacy Sissney from "His and Her's Outdoors" also will be there along with many more friends to meet and greet.

This annual event will feature live and silent auctions offering bidders the chance to buy guided hunts in Oklahoma, the United States and around the world. Other items up for bids will include firearms, outdoor artwork and hunting gear. There also will be raffles and door prizes.

Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, and the banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the National Cowboy Museum, 1700 N.E. 63rd St. Tickets will be sold at the door for $95, but they are $45 if purchased before the event. The cost of SCI national membership has been lowered to $25 if bought at an event, with OSCSCI matching that amount.Nonmembers wishing to bid in the auctions will need a $10 bid card as well.

Oklahoma Station Chapter of SCI supports and funds local conservation efforts that benefit the sportsmen and wildlife of Oklahoma. The chapter supports Wildlife Department projects such as theHunters Against Hunger program, which coordinates the annual distribution of over 30,000 of pounds of venison to needy families. The chapter also sponsors the Wildlife Department's Oklahoma Wildlife Expo, which educates tens of thousands of Oklahomans each year on the value of wildlife and the outdoors to quality of life in Oklahoma.

The organization also has helped fund the purchase of several trailers for use in the Wildlife Department's Shotgun Training Education Program, and recently donated funds to buy night-vision goggles for the Department's Law Enforcement Division. The Oklahoma Station Chapter also works with the Wildlife Department to conduct an annual youth essay contest that provides youths a chance to share their feelings about Oklahoma's outdoors and to win great prizes such as guided pronghorn antelope hunts in Texas or New Mexico.

For more information, go online to oklahomastationsci.org.

 

NatureWorks Wildlife Art Show and Sale

 

A large collection of artwork and sculpture relating to wildlife and the outdoors will be on view at this year's show, which is a fundraiser for the Tulsa-based nonprofit group's conservation projects.

Show hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel, U.S. 169 at South 71st Street. Tickets are $5, which allowadmission both days.

This year's featured artist is Lyn St. Clair, a painter from Livingston, Mont. More than 40 other artists will have their works for show and sale.

NatureWorks has partnered with the Wildlife Department in several projects benefiting Oklahoma wildlife and sportsmen. Past projects have included habitat and renovation work on Spavinaw Wildlife Management Area in northeastern Oklahoma and a telemetry project on Grand Lake to monitor the impact of catch-and-release paddlefish snagging on the fish's spawning success and mortality. NatureWorks also has supported the Wildlife Department's duck stamp design program and has been an important supporter of the Hunters Against Hunger program, in which hunters can donate their legally harvested deer to feed hungry Oklahomans.  

For more information, go online to natureworks.org.