Posts by PXM Master

Interpretive Tours to begin in March

Jed Tower. Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. Photo courtesy of Larry Smith.

March is not only the month that officially ushers in spring, it is also the month that the Public Interpretive Tours begin on the Wichita Mountains NWR. The first tours, the Historical Sites Tours, will be offered on two Saturdays this year – March 2nd & 9th at 1:30 pm. A complete schedule of all…

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Update: Government Shutdown

Government Shutdown: Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

The Federal government shutdown is still in progress, but the US Fish & Wildlife Service has expanded operating guidelines for 38 National Wildlife Refuges starting Monday, January 14.  The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge (WMWR) is one of those 38 refuges.  The expanded guidelines for the WMWR are: Normal activities are permissible during daylight hours. All…

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Partial government shutdown affects Refuge activities

The WWMR has been affected by the partial government shutdown. A quick overview of its effect: The Visitor’s Center is closed and there are no staff there to answer the phones. The Nature Store is closed, because although operated by non-federal employees, the building they are located in is closed. Volunteerism is limited to off-site…

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Oklahoma Eagle Spotting

Oklahoma Bald Eagle Watching Guide

Oklahoma’s January weather is dicey at best. So it’s no wonder that the “In Search of Eagles” tour was the least well attended, and most often cancelled tour FOW assist with. The fact that Oklahoma’s wintering Bald and Golden Eagles prefer to fish in large lakes with tall trees on the shorelines like those of…

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Winter on the Refuge is a Great Time to Visit

Photo of otters on an icy lake at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

Winter is a very nice time of year to visit the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is quieter with considerably fewer people. The deciduous trees have lost most of their leaves, which makes spotting large animals much easier. “Winter is my favorite time for visiting the refuge. There are hardly any two-legged animals running…

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No Interpretive Public Tours in December

Photo of wild turkeys - Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

There are no Interpretive Public Tours for the month of December. The Tour Schedules for 2019 will be posted online soon. Not many activities are happening on the Refuge in December. This is the time of year when we can all reflect on what a wonderful year 2018 was and look forward to an even…

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Volunteers continue to clean up graffiti on the Refuge

Photo of the Alpine Club of OKC members and FOW volunteers removing graffiti July 2018 at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

As has been reported through various media outlets – KSWO, Lawton Constitution, KJRH, KFOR – vandalism is on the rise at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. In July, large areas of graffiti were removed in the Parallel Forest and on Mt. Scott thanks to a number of volunteers including the OKC Chapter of the Alpine Club. The…

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Stars Over The Wichitas: Nov. 17th, 18th

Programs are Friday and Saturday evenings. Reservations are taken on the preceding Monday at 580-429-2197. View the night sky with telescope or binoculars. The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge will be conducting “Stars Over The Wichitas” and the public is invited. Participants will search and locate major constellations and other heavenly bodies with assistance from an amateur…

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Wildlife Tours June 10, 17, and 24, 2017

Reservations beginning June 5, 2017 at 580-429-2197. A perfect opportunity to view wildlife on a bus tour of Pinchot Loop in the Special Use Area. A unique feature of this season is the young buffalo and longhorn calves. *Tours except the June 17th tour will be in the afternoon, departing from the Visitor Center promptly at…

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Wildflower Walk May 13, 20 and 27, 2017

Yellow flowers on the Wichita Mountains

Reservations open beginning 4/10/17. Interpreters from the Association of the Friends of the Wichitas will be conducting interpretive “Wildflower Walks”. These tours will be offered on Saturday mornings. Reservations are required and are taken on a first-come, first-served basis by telephoning (580) 429-2197 beginning on the reservation date between 9 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The…

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