Our Next Field Trip

Our NEXT FIELD TRIP will be . . .

Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge, Saturday, April 28! Jim Cowley and Les Imboden will lead this day/weekend trip to this historic tract in the US National Wildlife Refuge system near Lawton, OK. Highlights include the endangered Black-capped Vireo and regional specialties Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Canyon Wren, and Rock Wren. The bison, elk, and longhorns offer plenty of eye-candy too!  Watch this space for travel details to this exciting refuge.

It is possible to do this trip by driving down and back in one day, but the leaders plan to camp Friday and Saturday nights. Participants may travel on their own, or can join a caravan leaving from Stillwater Saturday morning. To sign up for the trip, to get directions to the campsite, and to get details on the caravan please email Les Imboden at quailrancher@yahoo.com or call/text 405-533-1532.



Field Trips: September 2017–May, 2018

  • Sat. 9 September: Fall kick-off field trip to Couch Park
  • Sat. 7 October: Great Salt Plains NWR
  • Thu. 2 November: Botanic Garden at OSU
  • Sat. 9 December: Sooner Lake
  • Sat. 30 December: Stillwater Christmas Bird Count
  • Sat. 3 February: Field trip to Sanborn Lake
  • Sat. 24 March: Field trip to Lake Carl Blackwell

Remaining field trips for Spring 2018:

  1. Sat. 28 April: Field trip to Wichita Mountains WMA
  2. Thu. 3 May: Evening bird walk at the Botanic Garden at OSU – 7:00 pm at the Education Center


Field Trips – General Information
The Payne County Audubon Society sponsors free, guided field trips to local birding spots approximately monthly, typically on the first Saturday of the month. All field trips are open to the public, non-members and members alike, and are beginner-friendly.

You do not need to be an expert birder to join us for a field trip – the whole point is to have some fun seeing some neat birds and to learn from the other birders on the trip. Although babies and toddlers might not get much from our field trips, we are keenly interested in encouraging young birders which is a point of outreach emphasis for the National Audubon Society, Cornell Lab or Ornithology, and the American Birding Association.

  • Beginning 2014, all field trip participants will be required to sign a liability waiver to join us in the field. This is a new condition of our insurance policy. Field trip leaders will have the forms on hand at the meeting location.
  • Most of our field trips are to local parks with easy walking on groomed trails. Participants should be prepared for more rugged conditions, however, by wearing sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots.
  • The birds are outside in all weather conditions; we will be too. Unless the forecast calls for icy roads, thunderstorms, or lousy viewing conditions (e.g., fog and rain), we will proceed with the field trip. Although our trips seldom extend beyond 2 hours, participants should have everything they need for 4–5 hours in the field, e.g., sunscreen, layered clothing, water, snacks, insect/tick repellent, and any medications you might need.
  • If you have binoculars bring them with you, but don’t let a lack of optics keep you from joining one of our trips! We have plenty to share, and field trip is great opportunity to try some different binocs to help decide what works best for you.
  • Above all, have fun! Whether you’re a hard core professional or someone just starting out, we’re all in this for the same reasons: birds are beautiful and exciting and they enrich our lives.


Trip Reports – 2018

Lake Carl Blackwell – Trout Pond, Payne, Oklahoma, US
Mar 24, 2018 8:30 AM – 9:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: w/ Les Imboden, Chris Brown, Kevin Wilson, and Katie Broyles
40 species

Screen Shot 2018-04-04 at 9.46.15 AM.pngView this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43946627

Lake Carl Blackwell – pine plantation, Payne, Oklahoma, US
Mar 24, 2018 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: with Les Imboden, Kevin Wilson, Katie Broyles, and Chris Brown
30 species

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View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S4394698

Sanborn Lake, Payne, Oklahoma, US
Feb 3, 2018 12:10 PM – 1:40 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments: A bit windy, but 11 folks came out for a lunchtime ramble around Sanborn Lake, and now they all know what a Yellow-rumped Warbler sounds like.
33 species

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View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42470818










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