Outdoors notebook: Oklahoma archers earn national honors

by Ed Godfrey Published: November 10, 2013
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Two Oklahoma archers have been named to USA Archery's 2014 national teams.

Allie Canaday of Yukon was named to the Cadet (ages 15-17) women's compound team.

Brogan Williams of Stillwater was named to the Junior (ages 18-20) women's compound team.

The top five ranked archers nationally in each category earn spots on the team.

Both shoot for the Oklahoma Storm archery team.

WATCH FOR WHOOPERS

Whooping cranes will be passing through western Oklahoma through mid-November.

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is asking the public to report sightings of the endangered birds to the agency and take photos if possible.

Last year, whooping cranes were confirmed on Lake Overholser and Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City.

“The Oklahoma City sightings were very unusual,” said Mark Howery, wildlife diversity biologist for the agency.

“This may have occurred because of the ongoing drought in western Oklahoma. With fewer sources of open water in western Oklahoma, some of the birds appeared to shift their migration path farther east than usual.”

Each spring and fall, the nearly 5-foot-tall birds make a journey between their nesting grounds in northern Canada and the Gulf Coast of Texas.

There are only slightly more than 300 whooping cranes in the wild today, Howery said.

Anyone who sees a whooping crane should report the sighting to Howery at 990-7259 or by email at mhowery@zoo.odwc.state.ok.us. 

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by Ed Godfrey
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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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