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Washita National Wildlife Refuge celebration on Saturday

Outdoors notebook: Sportsfest on Saturday, Hang those hummingbird feeders outside, Wildflower walks, Ducks Unlimited banquet Friday in Norman.
by Ed Godfrey Published: April 7, 2012

The Washita National Wildlife Refuge near Butler is hosting its second annual “Anniversary Celebration” Saturday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The free event at the refuge's headquarters will have activities and booths including animal track identification, skins and skulls, archery shooting, and shotgun training and education for all ages.

For more information, call the refuge at (580) 664-2205 or visit

Sportsfest on Saturday

The Tri-City Gun Club in Norman is holding its “Sportsfest” for ages 10 through 18 on Saturday.

The cost is $15 and participants will be taught firearm safety and instruction in rifles, pistols and archery.

For more information, visit

Hang those hummingbird feeders outside

Now is the time to hang hummingbird feeders.

Hummingbirds are often seen in Oklahoma in early April.

“It's fairly simple to attract hummers to your backyard,” said Rachel Bradley, wildlife diversity specialist for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

“Hummingbirds take to sugar water mixtures (one part sugar to four parts water) in a hummingbird feeder and bright tubular plants such as trumpet creeper vines and petunias.”

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by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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