The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and Friends of Hackberry Flat are offering a fun-filled day for the entire family this Saturday, April 21st from 9 am to 3 pm at the Hackberry Flat Center located near Frederick in southwest Oklahoma. Activities on the Hackberry Flat area include a morning birding tour for intermediate and advanced birdwatchers that begins at 8:30 am and goes until noon. Birding tours for beginners and families are offered four times on Saturday: 9:30 am, 11 am, 12:30 pm, and 2 pm. New this year, the first 25 families to sign up for the tour and take the tour will receive one bird field guide/family. To make reservations for a bird tour please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide in your email which of the 4 time slots and the number of people in your group. You may also sign up for a tour when you arrive at Hackberry Flat Center but please note that each tour is limited to 20 people. A waiting list will be maintained.
Families can try for the first time, or get skill development tips, at the archery and shotgun areas. Ever been hunting for crawdads, a.k.a. crayfish? Come learn the trick of mud buggin’. Take a close up look at some of the sport fish of Oklahoma in the Wildlife Department’s large aquarium. You can even try your arm at “Goose knocking”!
Activities continue inside the Center with viewing wetland “critters” in the wetland classroom presented by Quartz Mountain Nature Park and the OK Wildlife and Prairie Heritage Alliance. Experience an interactive exhibit about bats in Oklahoma by Alabaster Caverns State Park.
Participants of the Hackberry Flat Day activities are exempt from the required license or Wildlife Conservation Passport regulation.
Concessions will be available at the Center, including drinks, candy, and grilled hamburgers and hotdogs.
All activities will begin at the Hackberry Flat Center, a facility that provides wetland classroom experiences for school groups, programs on wildlife and wildlife-related activities as well as meeting facilities for resource-oriented programs, workshops and meetings. More information and directions to Hackberry Flat can be found at www.wildlifedepartment.com/hackberry_flat.htm. For more information about the Hackberry Flat Center call Melynda Hickman with the OK Wildlife Department at 405-990-4977.
In addition to Hackberry Flat Day, the “Crawford Collection” will be open from 11am- 2pm. The Crawford Collection in downtown Frederick is a private collection of more
than 160 animal trophy mounts that were collected from throughout the world by Frederick’s Crawford family. Admission is Free.
Also this weekend! The Tillman County Historical Society will hold their Annual Meeting on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 2:00pm at the Townsite and will feature a Masonic rededication of the cornerstone from the 1922 Frederick High School (later known as Central Elementary School). Cookies and punch will be served. Also at the meeting we will be drawing for the Frisco caboose replica. Tickets for the raffle are still available at the Townsite, The Chamber Office, KC’s, and Ace Hardware for $5 each or 5 for $20.
For more information, contact the Chamber office at 580- 335-2126.