Kaw Lake Ultimate Eagle Watch Saturday

Ponca City Now - January 12, 2016 12:39 pm

The 2016 Ultimate Eagle Watch at Kaw Lake is this Saturday, Jan. 16. There is no charge, but donations are appreciated to help offset the costs.

Eagle Viewing by Horseback begins at the Sarge Creek Campground.

The ride is from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with guides Rick Boyd and Lori Young. Riders are asked to bring a sack lunch for themselves and and their horses. This tour will be cancelled in the event of ice or snow.

Eagle Viewing Bus Tours

These are from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The f irst tour leaves the community center. Subsequent tours leave the community center every half hour with the last tour leaving at 1:30 p.m..

At 7:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., a Guided Eagle Viewing Tour Departs from Kaw Learning Center

Kaw City Community Center , 700 Morgan Square

Opens at 7 a.m. with refreshments.

From 9 to 9:45 a.m. Mark Howery will present "The History of the Eagle and Its Habitat."

9:45 a.m. — break with refreshments.

From 10 to 10:45 a.m., Gene Young will speak on identifying bald eagles.

10:45 — break with refreshments

From 11 to 11:45 a.m. a live eagle from the Sutton Avian Reasearch Center will be available to see. This presentation is by Ryan VanZant.

Kaw Nation Learning Center, 803 Washunga Drive

Opens at 7 a.m. with refreshments.

From 9 to 9:45 a.m., Luther Pepper will present "The Importance of Eagles to Native Americans."

9:45 a.m. — Break with refreshments.

10 to 10:45 a.m. — Dr. Joao Brandao and Ian Kanda present "Injured Wildlife."

10:45 a.m. — Break with refreshments

The Kaw City Museum will be open 10 A.M. to 2 P.M.

Kaw City School – 904 Washunga Drive

8 a.m. Doors open with refreshments.

9:00 to 9:45 a.m.. — Sanctuary Work, Exotics ( Ciara Utech, Adansonia Wildlife )

9:45 A.M Break with refreshments

10 to 10:45 a.m. — The Sport of Falconry ( Kent Carbaugh and Hawk )

10:45 A.M. — Break with refreshments


11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Free Native American luncheon including hominy soup, fry bread and grape dumplings will be served. Kaw Nation Community Center (located just west of Washunga Bay.)

11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Chili Dinner and homemade cinnamon rolls, First United Methodist Church

10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Chicken and noodles, cornbread, cookies, Oak Grove Baptist Church

Transportation for the free Native American lunch at the Kaw Nation Community Center will be provided from the Kaw City Community Building and Kaw Nation Learning Center departing at 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

All programs are subject to change depending on the weather. In case of ice or snow, please phone before heading for the Ultimate Eagle Watch. For additional information, phone: 877-671-6985 or 580-762-9494 or go to www.kawlake.com For Information on the Eagle Watch by Horseback phone Rick Boyd, 580-716-7425.

The Ultimate Eagle Watch is presented by the Kaw Lake Association, Kaw Lake Educational Foundation, City of Kaw City, Kaw Nation, Kaw Enterprise Development Authority, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Phillips 66, Shidler Public Schools, Sutton Avian Research Foundation, and Ponca City Energy.

Synopsis of Ultimate Eagle Watch Programs

Kaw City Community Center

9- 9:45 am -History of the Eagle and Its Habitat, Mark Howery, ODWC

In this presentation, Mark Howery, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation biologist, will discuss the history of the eagle and its habitat. Mark will give great explanations and reasons why eagles choose their habitats, not just opinion, but scientific reasoning!

10 – 10:45 am – Identifying the Bald Eagle, Gene Young

Gene Young, professor at NOC in the Agricultural, Science and Engineering Department is hooked on natural history and birds. He has a fantastic series of pictures that show the bald eagle in its stages of development. They aren’t born with that white head we all look for, but rather develop it over time. Learn to spot the bald eagle, and ways to tell it from other birds such as hawks and golden eagles.

11 am-11:45 pm – Sutton Avian Research Center with live eagle, Ryan VanZant.

Ryan will have with him one of the bald eagles that lives in captivity at the center. This is a highlight of the Eagle Watch for all ages. These eagles for health reasons will never be released back into the wild and are used now for educational programs. Between 1984 and 1992 the Sutton Center in Bartlesville raised and released 275 Southern Bald Eagles in the southeastern U.S. Each year they conduct aerial and ground surveys in the vicinity of Oklahoma release sites to determine nest occupancy rates and productivity. Since 1990, the number of Bald Eagle nests in Oklahoma has increased almost annually to a record 55 nests in 2005. Partially as a result of efforts at the Sutton Avian Research Center, the Bald Eagle population in most areas of the U.S. had increased sufficiently for the U. S. Fish and W ildlife Service to remove the Bald Eagle from the Endangered Species List in June of 2007.

Kaw Nation Learning Center

9-9:45 am – Importance of Eagle to Native Americans, Luther Pepper

Most all Native American Indian Peoples attach special significance to the Eagle and its feathers. Images of eagles and their feathers are used on many tribal logos as symbols of the Native American Indian. To be given an Eagle feather is the highest honor that can be awarded within indigenous cultures. This and other information along with examples will be shown by Kaw Nation elder Luther Pepper.

10-10:45 am – Injured Wildlife, Dr. Joao Brandao and Ian Kanda

Who treats injured wildlife? The Zoological Medicine Service Center for Veterinary Health Science at Oklahoma State University does, and they train veterinarians as well. Learn about common intoxications, diseases, and injuries that have been presented to these veterinarians at their wildlife rehabilitation program.

Kaw City School

Programs at this location have been selected to appeal to our younger guests.

9-9:45 am – Sanctuary Work, Exotics, Ciara Utech, Adansonia Wildlife

Director of the Adansonia Wildlife Center in Nardin, Ciara Utech has worked with animals since she was nine.

"It’s a passion I can’t begin to describe," she says on her Linked In page.

Why do sanctuaries exist? There are so many exotics that we bring into the United States, and when they get too big or bothersome and we no longer want to keep them as our pets, we release them. That action can result in invasive species.

This is the purpose of sanctuary work. She will talk about invasive and non-native species and their impacts on other species and the environment.

10-10:45 am – The Sport of Falconry, Kent Carbaugh

Any person licensed for falconry in the State of Oklahoma must also possess a federal falconry permit, and be in full compliance of federal and state falconry regulations.

Kent will bring his hawk and talk about falconry as a sport. Falconry has been around for centuries and can be traced back to ancient Egypt. Falconers were some of the first raptor (birds of prey) vets. They were also important to the recovery of species like the bald eagle that were nearly made extinct by the actions of humans.


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