News of the Week

April 2, 2015

Public Invited to Hackberry Flat Day

   Join in on the fun from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 18, to celebrate Hackberry Flat Day. Hosted by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and the Friends of Hackberry Flat, this free event offers wildlife-watching tours and a number of family-oriented activities.

   Melynda Hickman, a biologist in the Wildlife Diversity Program for the Wildlife Department, said, "We'll be offering fun for all ages! There will be archery and shotgun-shooting opportunities, a hummingbird feeding station and a butterfly tent featuring native species found in the state. There will also be a chance to make your own tracks bandana!"

  Participants will have the opportunity to tour Hackberry Flat Wildlife Management Area during the event. Birding tours will start at 9:30, 11:30 and 1:45, and general nature tours will be offered at 9:15, 11, 12:30 and 1:45. Seating is limited on the tours and reservations are recommended. Contact Hickman at melynda.hickman@odwc.ok.gov or at (405) 990-9977 to reserve your spot today! The first 15 families to reserve seats and are present will receive a free guide. 

   Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2015, Hackberry Flat Wildlife Management Area, located near Frederick in southwestern Oklahoma, offers 7,120 acres of wildlife recreational opportunities. The Wildlife Department, along with many conservation-minded partners, restored this legendary wetland, creating a vast mosaic of wetland habitats for prairie waterfowl, shorebirds and other wetland-dependent birds. Upland areas of native sunflowers and cultivated fields interspersed with mesquite have become one of the state's premier dove-hunting destinations. Open for scheduled events, the modern Hackberry Flat Center offers interpretive guidance for wildlife enthusiasts, students and educators. For more information, log on to wildlifedepartment.com.

   Participants in Hackberry Flat Day activities are exempt from possessing the hunting or fishing license or conservation passport normally required when entering the WMA.

   To get to the Hackberry Flat Center, from Frederick, take U.S. 183 south for one mile, then go east on Airport Road for three miles. Follow the blacktop road south and continue six miles. Watch for signs to the center. 


 

Bird-watching and nature tours will be offered during the Hackberry Flat Day event. (Photo by Jena Donnell/ODWC)