Lek treks & More: The 2009
Woodward Lesser Prairie-Chicken Festival
April 17-22, 2009
Thank you to the
over 100 participants who made the Oklahoma Audubon Council's first
annual Lek Treks & More: The Woodward Lesser Prairie-Chicken Festival a
great success! We had registrants from 15 different states and two
challenging conditions caused by the rain, everyone had great views of
the Lesser Prairie Chickens displaying on the lek, along with a great
story of how they got to the blinds! All enjoyed a wonderful ranch
breakfast at the Selman Guest Ranch and participated in marking fences,
a direct conservation action that saves prairie-chickens. We also had a
variety of other field trips, workshops and other events.
Please scroll down to view photos and more details form the weekend.
Click here for original brochure
Selman's Bluff by Debby Kaspari
Debby was our featured artist and created Selman's Bluff for the festival. Her painting
is be available as a signed, limited edition print, and is
featured on our festival poster and t-shirt. These items are
still available in limited quantities and may be
Photos from the Festival
Photos by John Kennington unless otherwise noted.
sure to visit
blog entries noted above for some great photos and videos
of the Lesser Prairie-Chickens in action!
Susan Walker's album of photos from the 2009 festival
Everyone received a TogetherGreen Bag from Tulsa Audubon for
participants to hold their fence marking materials.
A variety of artists had their work on display
Half awake birders at the 4:45 a.m. departure.
The blinds are entered in the dark, before dawn. Climbing the pasture
fence with the blinds (of course, these photos taken on the way out in
the daylight!). Above photos by Sharon Stiteler,
A happy birder after seeing the Lesser Prairie-Chicken, returning to Sue
Selman's ranch house for breakfast.
The feeders outside Sue Selman's kitchen window.
Dr. Dwayne Elmore explaining the fence marking procedures
The result of work by Eric Beck, Oklahoma Audubon Council's Important
Bird Area Coordinator, cutting the vinyl siding starter strips for
Participants marking fences after viewing the chickens.
Field trip to Prairie Dog Town and Fort Supply Lake.
Photos by Amy Marcoux
Harper County Field Trip, birding the Buffalo Creek Salt Flats. Even the
four wheel drive vehicles got stuck in the mud!
Photos above by Jim Mitchell and
Sharon Stiteler, www.birdchick.com
Photo by Dave Faintich
Dr. Steve Thompson and Dr. Andrine Shufran lead the Prairie Bugs and
Plants field trip.
Photos by Amy Marcoux
A variety of workshops were well attended.
The Saturday Banquet features a keynote address by Sharon Stitler, The
BirdChick. Below are festival organizers John Kennington, Sue Selman,
Eric Beck and Dr. Dwayne Elmore.
Sunday evening featured a tour of the Shattuck Windmill Museum, followed
by dinner at the Whistlestop cafe.
Sharon Stiteler enjoyed her meal!
Saturday's Owl Prowl was rained out, but Sunday we traveled to Doby
Springs and had two cooperative Barred Owls. Dr. Shufran also set up her
black lighting equipment, but it was too cold to attract many moths or
insects. But the local Sheriff did visit to investigate various reports
of teenagers drinking and people poaching turkeys!
Monday's dinner was a cookout at the Selman Living Lab.
again enjoyed her meal, as did this young man!
Above photos by Amy Marcoux
Cowboy singer Chuck Milner serenaded us as we ate and the sun set, and
we roasted marshmallows over the fire.
As the stars appeared Dr. Steve Maier opened the observatory and showed
us several celestial objects in the telescope.
Photos by John Kennington
The Woodward community supported the festival, and the Plains, Indians &
Pioneers Museum featured a special exhibit on Lesser Prairie-Chickens.
Photos by Jim Mitchell.
Birding at the Boise City Sewage Ponds, a stop on the way to Black Mesa
in the Oklahoma Panhandle.
A late lunch at the Hitching Post B&B, followed by some birding in
The Three State Marker (the other two sides say "Colorado") and guide
Jane Apple brought her broom to brush the dirt from the dinosaur tracks.
Leader Jimmy Woodard spotted two Golden Eagles while at the dino track
Birding at the Hoot Owl Ranch. We were unsuccessful calling in the
resident Western Screech-Owl.
Wednesday lunch was at the Kenton Mercantile, followed by a visit to the
On the return we stopped at Autograph Rick, featuring "graffiti" by
settlers on the Santa Fe Trail. We also found two Barn Owls nesting on
Our last stop was in Guymon for dinner and a presentation by artist