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Register by April 24 to reserve a lunch.
The Oklahoma Native Plant Society is hosting its annual Wonders of Wildflowers Weekend at the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve (north of Pawhuska, OK) April 28-30. This event features guided botanizing on the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, as well as at Osage Hills State Park west of Bartlesville.
For more information and registration, visit http://www.oknativeplants.org/2017-wow.html.
Register by April 24.
The Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri offers this workshop, with topics including:
– Growing ginseng, shiitake mushrooms, and other forest products
– Forest management for forest products
– Control of invasive species in fields & forests
– Birds of prey and eagle nest viewing
– Glade restoration and management
– Natural beekeeping
View the landscape of eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas through the lens of the journal of the first scientist to visit the area. Whether your interests are natural history, human history, or simply exploring, this trip, led by Steve Patterson, Ph.D., will help you see this region with new eyes.
In 1819, when the English botanist and naturalist Thomas Nuttall arrived in Fort Smith, the fort was only two years old. Nuttall’s journal describes prairies in the flat river valleys, thick riverside vegetation, and sparsely wooded hillsides on Sugarloaf and Cavanal. As a plant taxonomist, Nuttall accurately identified many plants still found here today. This tour will follow his path at the same time of year and see what remains and what has changed after nearly 200 years of European-American settlement. The field trip starts at Fort Smith, where the Poteau River enters the Arkansas, and makes its way along the river and through the prairies, to end the day near present-day Lake Wister. The day will begin with a brief introduction on the campus of Kiamichi Technology Center, Poteau, at 9:00, followed by the field trip through the river valley. A box lunch and bus transportation will be provided.
If you would like to read Nuttall’s journal before the class, organizers suggest the edition edited by Savoie Lottinville and published by the University of Oklahoma Press as A Journal of Travels into the Arkansas Territory in the Year 1819.
Mustang, OK and vicinity (leaves from and returns to Oklahoma City)
TOUR IS FREE; RSVP BY APRIL 28
Register: Oklahoma Department of Agriculture
Depart from: Oklahoma Department of Agriculture
Going to: Mustang, Oklahoma
8:45 – 9:45
First Stop: Rejoice Farms (Harry & Debbie Deupree) • Mustang, OK
10:00 – 11:00
Second Stop: Agape House Berry Farm (John & Pat Colston) • Mustang, OK
11:15 – 12:15
Third Stop: Buffalo Creek Berry Farm (Bobby Sloan, Jr.) • Mustang, OK
Lunch: Swadley’s BBQ • Mustang, OK
Return to: Oklahoma Department of Agriculture
Field Tour of ERS’s Progressing Forage Management
ERS is utilizing strategic soil fertility as well as advanced grazing and herd management strategies to improve forage utilization and reduce the dependence on hay and supplement while minimizing production costs. Strategies and results from the first winter season under the new forage management system will be shown, with a discussion of ERS’s plans for this spring and summer.
Alternative Weaning Strategies and Demonstration
The ERS calves will be weaned the day prior to the field day, with half of the calves traditionally weaned in the lot, and the other calves utilizing nose flaps and temporary electric fence to fence-line wean alongside the dams.
The field day is free and lunch is provided. Please RSVP for an accurate meal count.
The station consists of 298 acres and is located 14 miles west of Muskogee and 6 miles south of Haskell, at the intersection of Highways 16 and 72.