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Winter on the Refuge is a Great Time to Visit

Nov 28, 2018
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

Nov 28, 2018
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

Nov 15, 2018
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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Shopping on Amazon? Donate to FOW!

Jun 4, 2018
Amazon Smile

Shopping list needs something the Nature Store doesn’t have?  You can support FOW when you shop on Amazon! Just shop using Smile.Amazon.com from a web browser (using smile.amazon.com as the address), you can donate a half a percent of the price of eligible purchases to the Association of the Friends of the Wichitas (FOW’s real…

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Check the Calendar!

Jun 1, 2018
Calendar

Want to know what is happening? Check out the calendar to see upcoming events, activities and opportunities! There’s always lots happening on the refuge.  Click here to see the calendar.

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Members Meeting/Potluck – 10 am Saturday June 2nd

Jun 1, 2018

On Saturday, June 2nd a 10 a.m. immediately following the training tour, is the potluck lunch and Members Meeting at the Environmental Education Center. If you want to check out becoming more involved with Friends of the Wichitas, this is a great opportunity to get to know other volunteers and enjoy some quality time with other…

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Invasive Plant Round-up June 9th

May 22, 2018

The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge will be hosting their fourth annual Invasive Plant Round-Up on Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Come learn about the most damaging invasive plants in southwestern Oklahoma and help Refuge staff remove eastern red cedar, common mullein, musk thistle, prickly lettuce and other invasive plants. The…

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Litter Pickup Tues. June 5th at 8 am

May 22, 2018

Did you know that the First Tuesday of every month we designate as “Litter Pick-Up Day” on The Refuge. We meet at the Visitors Center at 9:00 AM ( 8:00 AM during the Hot Summer) and pick up litter till around noon and then adjourn to Ann’s for lunch. You don’t have to be a…

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Book signing May 26-28th

May 18, 2018

Steven Hunter, an accomplished nature photographer, will be signing his latest book The Wichita Mountains, An Oklahoma Treasure at the Nature Store in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge visitor Center from 10 to 5 each day. His photography hangs in private homes and businesses, and graces the lodge and cabins of Mount Magazine State Park in Arkansas.…

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Mullein Adventure, Sat Mar 31st

Mar 20, 2018

On Saturday, March 31 we will be pulling the invasive plant mullein.  Meet at the Visitor Center at 9 and plan on being gone for 4 hours. Bring work gloves,water and a snack and be prepared to walk two or more miles over rough ground with boulders. Let Helen know at  volunteer@friendsofthewichitas.org if you will be coming so…

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