Nature Day, sponsored in part by PCAS, continues to grow each year. Crowds gathered at Sanborn Lake on a cool, sunny October 13, 2002 to participate in educational activities focusing on our natural environment. PCAS members Karen Melcher (far left) and Helen Jordan helped youngsters make pine cone bird feeders.
PCAS members (left to right) Joyce Konigmacher, Ed Glover, Helen Jordan, Pat Jaynes, and Julia McHale spent a morning watching birds in Ed Glover’s backyard in March 2003. In addition to the usual winter backyard birds, the group enjoyed good looks at flocks of Cedar Waxwings and a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.
We enjoyed perfect autumn weather for Nature Day, Oct 12, 2003. At the PCAS booth, the big hit was the bird-feeders that Jen and Sean Keenan helped youngsters make from plastic water bottles. We even provided free sunflower seed to get them started!
Nature Day this year, October 10, 2004, was rainy, so we held the event in the Stillwater Armory. At the PCAS booth, members Marcia and David Fox showed youngsters how to identify bird and animal tracks and to make their own using an ink pad and plastic molds of the animals’ feet.
The 2005 Payne County Audubon Society Research Scholarship awards went to Daniel McGlinn (left) and Scott McConnell. McGlinn, a M.S. student in the Department of Botany at Oklahoma State, received the $250 Edwin Glover Award. He will study effects of a tornado on bird populations in a crosstimbers area of the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve. McConnell, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Zoology at OSU, received the Helen Miller Award for $250. He will census prairie bird populations in the Oklahoma Panhandle and adjacent Kansas, with special emphasis on the status of Mountain Plovers.
At Nature Day on October 23, 2005, PCAS had a bird-watching exercise for kids. Life-sized photos of birds were placed on posts 30 ft from the booth, and participants had to use binoculars to identify each bird species. Those who identified 6 of the 12 birds were eligible for a drawing to win an Audubon calendar featuring eagles. Here PCAS member Karen Melcher presents the prize to Sineka Guss, daughter of Mr and Mrs Kelly Guss of Stillwater.