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Beautiful Buntings

Juvenile Indigo Painted Bunting - Bill Shreve Photographer

Our beautiful and abundant Painted Buntings are just an amazing treat for anyone who sees one for the first time or the hundredth time! They are truly one of the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge’s treasures. Did you know that there are other Buntings present but seldom seen? There are! The rarely seen Indigo Bunting and…

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EE Trai Cleanup

FOW Volunteers - EE Trail Cleanup - Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge - Helen Riley photographer

Please check out the Environmental Education Center Trail, the one that goes from the Environmental Education Center to the bridge that crosses Quanah Parker Lake. It is a shady trail lined with cobblestones and is in the process of being cleaned up after years of neglect. Each Saturday, staff member Randy Hale has been guiding…

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Keeping Our Trails Terrific

2019 Trail Maintenance Volunteers, Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge - Photo by Emelie Stahler

In October of 2018, the FOW received a $17,000 grant from the Union Pacific Railway for trails and bridges. This was due to the efforts of Jim Calaway, grant writer. At the same time the refuge manager retired leaving an acting manager, and a new head of Visitor Services was added to the staff. Because…

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Need Event Volunteers

NEEF National Public Lands Day

Saturday, September 28 – National Public Lands Day. We need volunteers to do assorted jobs (mostly of a nonphysical nature). Please let me know immediately if you are available. September 27-29 – Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s Wildlife Expo, Guthrie Held in Guthrie at the Lazy E Arena, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will have a…

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WMWR New Staff Members

Bison Herd. Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. Photo courtesy of Larry Smith.

The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge has several new arrivals! This time of year, we usually talk about all the new young of the year including bison calves, elk calves, and all the fledgling birds. But the Wichita Mountains has some other new additions – on the staff rather than in the wild. The maintenance division…

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Invasive plants, trail maintenance and tour volunteers

Friends of the Wichitas Vounteers 2019 - Randy Jones Photography

Invasive Plant Control Controlling the invasive plant common mullein in the refuge is a big challenge. A big thank you goes to volunteer Richard Bell who has taken on this project and worked tirelessly to make a big dent in the mullein population. At least 15 volunteers have helped Richard and 24,969 plants had been…

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Ferguson House Update

Ferguson House - Wichita Mountains

The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) that our design plans to restore the Ferguson House have at long last been approved! Over two years ago the FOW completed a fund raising drive where, thanks in a large part to a $35,000 matching grant from the Terry K Bell Foundation, we were able to raise $70,000…

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Volunteer Update

Volunteers - Friends of the Wichitas - Summer 2019

Prescribed Burn Traffic Control In the next couple of weeks, the refuge fire fighters are hoping to do a prescribed burn and may need some volunteers to help with traffic control Assistant Hike Leader – Thursday & Saturday We are in urgent need of an assistant hike leader for Thursday and Saturday family friendly hikes.…

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July Volunteer Opportunities

Our crew today picking up trash. Bobby Williamson, Mamie Maree, Susan Roskam, Lynda Trapp, Campbell Long, Jerry Elliot, Tom Plumlee, Don Greb, Jim Meyer and Me. Turned out to be a beautiful day to be outside in nature. Thank you everyone for helping.

Tuesday, July 2 – Trash Pick Up  Meet at the Visitor Center at 8:00 a.m. Gloves, water and insect repellent are recommended. Trash bags, vests, and grabbers are provided. Wednesday, July 3 – Guard Rail Grass & Brush We’ll be clearing  grass and brush from the guard rails along the roads. We need people to…

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Springtime in the Wichita Mountains

Photo by Bill Shreve

Spring is the perfect time to get outdoors. The animals are active and visible. The wildflowers are starting to bloom. The weather is neither too hot nor too cold. The number of people visiting the refuge are not overwhelming, yet. So, this is the ideal time to break out of those winter doldrums and enjoy…

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