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Outdoors notebook: State department looking for volunteers for winter bird feeder survey

By ED GODFREY, Outdoors Editor, Modified: December 20, 2009 at 12:04 am •  Published: December 20, 2009
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s is looking for volunteers to help in its Winter Bird Feeder Survey.

Any Oklahoman with a backyard bird feeder can participate in the survey by choosing any two days between Jan. 7-10 to count birds at their feeders and record their observations.

The survey helps biologists obtain information that can help state wildife officials better understand bird ranges and populations.

Biologists have a 21-year history of the upward and downward trends of birds visiting winter feeders as a result of the annual survey.

Volunteers should count birds at backyard feeders at least four times a day for two days during the survey dates and complete a form provided by the the state Wildlife Department.

For more information, visit

Want more birds?
To attract more birds to your bird feeder, use black-oil sunflower seed.

It is a good choice for bird feeders because of its high nutritional value that birds can use during the winter.

Almost all seed-eating Oklahoma songbirds will eat it. Other seed options are white proso millet, nyjer or safflower.

Gun season for does
Today is the final day of the first antlerless only gun hunting weekend in most of the state.

Another three-day gun season for does or antlerless deer begins Friday (Christmas Day) and runs through Sunday.