Field Trips & Events

Payne County Audubon Society sponsors regular field trips and evening educational programs, a birding competition, a photo contest, and we even award annual research grants. Check out our Facebook group for a great place to share information, photos, and announcements relevant to birding and wildlife conservation right here in central Oklahoma.

All events are free and open to the public, non-members and members alike, and are beginner-friendly! Come join us!

Pawnee Lake Driving Tour

Saturday, February 18, 2023, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Pawnee Lake, Pawnee, OK. Leisurely drive around Pawnee Lake Road (map)

We have visited Pawnee Lake a number of times over the past several years.  Each trip has turned up unexpected birds, plus the usual avifauna we expect to encounter at a moderate size lake.  Pawnee Lake is a nice combination of a large body of water with associated riparian areas, plus a good bit of old prairie that surrounds the lake.  The trip will essentially be a slow drive on a road that generally encircles the lake.  There will be short stops from time to time to take a better look or to scour the grasslands.  The leader will set the departure point to be most convenient to registered attendees.  To register, email Les Imboden at quailrancher@yahoo.com.

Sooner Lake: Bank Fishing Area

Saturday, December 10, 2022. 7:30-11:00am, (map)

Join us for an excursion at Sooner Lake. Our focus will be Smith’s Longspurs, but we will also check out ducks, geese, and gulls. We will be hiking approximately 3.5 miles of pastureland, so dress accordingly. We’ll meet at the gravel lot at the NE corner of Boomer Lake (c/o Airport and Husband) in Stillwater at 7:30am to arrange for carpooling. Or you can meet us at 8:00am at the parking lot at the east end of E0400 Rd. (Red Rock, OK 74651). For more information, please contact Mike Yough at myough@gmail.com (subject: PCAS birdwalk).

Meridian Technology Ponds

Saturday, November 12, 2022. 8:00-10:00am, (map)

Join us for a bird walk at the Meridian Technology Ponds (6th and Sangre). The focus will be on Canada/Cackling Goose and Eastern/Western Meadowlark identification. Meet at the main parking area

Hoyt Grove Park for Beginners

Sunday, May 29, 2022. 9:00-11:00 am, Hoyt Grove Park scouting recent migrants (map)

Hoyt Grove Park is located north across 12th St. from Couch Park. Week in and week out it has proven to be one of Stillwater’s better birding spots, with the occasional seasonal surprise. This beginner’s bird walk will be in conjunction with the Stillwater Public Library, and registration will be through them. To register, please visit www.library.stillwater.org. For more information on the walk, please contact Les Imboden at quailrancher@yahoo.com.

Pawnee Lake Driving Tour

Saturday, March 26, 2022, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Pawnee Lake, Pawnee, OK. Leisurely drive around Pawnee Lake Road (map)

Over the years this seldom-birded lake has produced some interesting surprises. Species encountered tend to be a blend of prairie and water-related birds. The group will meet at an agreeable central point in Stillwater (TBD) to caravan over to the lake. Registration is required. RSVP to Les Imboden at quailrancher@yahoo.com for more information and Stillwater meeting location.

Great-Horned Owl. Photo by Mike Yough

Woodcocks and Owls

Saturday, February 26, 5:30 – 8:00 pm, Lake Carl Blackwell (map)

The focus of the walk will be American Woodcocks and several species of owl. Registration required. RSVP Landon Neumann at landon.neumann10@okstate.edu for more information.

Raptors of Drummond Flats

Meet at west Walmart (map) in Stillwater at 1:00 pm.

Drive to Drummond Flats (about an hour drive west). Mostly driving on dirt roads with optional short hikes. Wear warm clothing, bring binoculars and camera. We expect to see lots of raptor species, possibly including Short-eared Owls. Registration is required. RSVP Kevin Wilson at kevin.s.wilson@okstate.edu for more information.


Northern Harrier, photo by Jessica Torres

31st Sooner Lake Christmas Bird Count

Sunday, January 2, 2022
All Day/Times dependent on group
Mostly driving, some walking as needed
Full details here!
Harris Sparrow, photo by Clay Billman

74th Stillwater Christmas Bird Count

Saturday, December 18, 2021
All Day/Times dependent on group
Driving and/or walking, depending on group
Full details here!
Lake Sanborn

November Bird Walk

Saturday, November 20, 2021
8:00 – 10:00 am
Sanborn Lake (map)
Leisurely stroll, including dirt and gravel pathways
Masks encouraged

The focus of the walk will be winter arrivals. We’ll meet at 8AM in the parking lot just off the lake. Sanborn Lake is on the south side of Airport Rd. between Washington St. and Stillwater Regional Airport. Space is limited to 15. Register here.

Northern Cloudywing on Antelopehorns milkweed.

Fall Butterfly Walk

October 9, 2021 10:00-11:30am
OSU Botanic Garden (map)
Leisurely stroll, including gravel pathways

PCAS has partnered with the Stillwater Public Library and their Tails and Trails program for this butterfly walk, led by our very own Emily Geest. Space is limited and registration is required. This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Registration information will be posted closer to the event and will be through the Stillwater Public Library.

Red-tailed Hawk. Photo by Jim Cowley.

September Bird Walk

Saturday, Sept 18, 2021
8:00-10:00am
Hoyt Grove and Couch Park (map)
Leisurely stroll, including dirt, gravel, and grassy pathways
Masks encouraged

The focus of the walk will be fall migrants. We’ll meet at 8AM in the Hoyt Grove Parking lot. Hoyt Grove is on the north side of 12th Ave less than half a mile east of Perkins Rd. Space is limited to 15. Masks encouraged. Register here.

Northern Cloudywing on an Antelopehorns milkweed.

Summer Butterfly Walk

Rescheduled to July 11, 2021
10:00-11:30am
OSU Botanic Garden (map)
Leisurely stroll, including gravel pathways

PCAS has partnered with the Stillwater Public Library and their Tails and Trails program for this butterfly walk, led by our very own Emily Geest and Leslie Miller. Space is limited and registration is required. This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Register here.

Kevin Wilson, Leslie Elmore, Les Imboden, John Couch, and Dwayne Elmore track a Painted Bunting at OSU’s Cross Timbers Experimental Range.

McPherson Preserve Field Trip

Saturday, June 5, 2021
7:20-7:30am Meet Up
McPherson Preserve (Payne County)
2 mile hike over rough terrain

We’ll meet at the “west side Walmart” (4545 W 6th) to workout car-pooling to McPherson (which has limited parking), leaving promptly at 7:30. McPherson is across from the entrance to Lake Carl Blackwell east of Hackelman and south of 19th. The trip will entail an approximately two mile hike through wooded terrain, so you’ll want to prepare for ticks, poison ivy, and stepping over a fallen log or two. We can expect many woodland birds (e.g., Indigo Buntings, Summer Tanager) with hopes of Kentucky Warbler. Contact Mike Yough (mike.yough@okstate.edu) for more information.

OSU ornitholgy students enjoy a bird walk at the OSU Botanic Garden.

May Bird Walk

Saturday, May 15, 2021
10:00-11:30am
OSU Botanic Garden (map)
Leisurely stroll, including gravel pathways

PCAS has partnered with the Stillwater Public Library and their Tails and Trails program for this bird walk, led by our own Les Imboden. Space is limited and registration is required. This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Register here.

Past field trips are archived here.

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