Mt Scott Road Construction Completed - Open Dec 2020 - Photo O. Plumlee

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge announced the reopening of the Mt. Scott Roadway on December 20, 2019. Contractors worked hard for the last year to complete stabilization of the historic road-way and its drainage structures. Refuge staff and volunteers supported the effort by provid-ing additional clearing of brush and…

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Ferguson House Renovation Completed - Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge - YouTube Video Poster by NatureLover

The Ferguson House restoration is finally done!! Thank you to all of our donors and volunteers who make this project a reality. Check out the news story with full photos and video by KSWO reviewing the renovations and featuring Bobby Williamson.  Check out our in progress story about the history of the Ferguson House. You…

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More and more studies are documenting the physical, psychological and emotion-al benefits of spending time outdoors in nature. Florence Williams’s The Nature Fix “Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative” looks at some of those studies and showcases what cultures around the world are doing to increase not only time in the outdoors,…

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Ferguson House Reconstruction Underway, Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge - Photo by Jim Meyer

According to Greek mythology, the Phoenix is a creature that is reborn from its ashes. The Ferguson House is the Refuge’s Phoenix. After a long, somewhat arduous, 6-year journey, The Friends of the Wichitas is very proud that the reconstruction of The Ferguson House has finally begun. If you are not familiar with the story we…

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Feed A Bee Pollinator Meadow - Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

Plans are progress-ing to implement a Pollinator Meadow with funds garnered through the Bayer Feed A Bee grant. Within the past few weeks FOW volunteers and USFWS biologists we have begun the process of preparing the sites that will be used for the meadow. The Visitor’s Center medians, which are currently covered primarily with Bermuda…

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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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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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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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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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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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