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 washita.fws.gov.
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 www.tricitygunclub.com.
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.”
Hummingbirds feed by sight and often visit plants with vibrant colors and tubular shapes. As long as a feeder has red on it, it is not necessary to use red food coloring in the water mixture.
Hummingbird feeders should be cleaned every five days in cool weather and every two or three days in warm weather to ensure they don't become contaminated with yeast or bacteria.
The Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur is hosting wildflower walks Saturday and Aug. 21 along the trail at Veterans Lake.
A park ranger will lead the group in identifying wildflowers.
For more information, call the Travertine Nature Center at (580) 622-7234.
DU banquet in Norman
The Cleveland County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited is holding its 75th anniversary banquet Friday at the Optimist Club gym in Norman.
Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $50 for individuals, $70 four couples and $15 for ages 16 and younger.
For tickets, call Tim Miller at 593-2657.