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Jun
27
Tue
North American Agroforestry Conference @ Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA)
Jun 27 – Jun 29 all-day
North American Agroforestry Conference @ Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA) | Blacksburg | Virginia | United States

Agroforestry for a Vibrant Future:

Connecting People, Creating Livelihoods, Sustaining Places

 

For more information, visit www.regonline.com/NAAC2017.

Choctaw Nation Soil Health Seminar @ Durant (Choctaw Nation Community Center)
Jun 27 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Choctaw Nation Soil Health Seminar @ Durant (Choctaw Nation Community Center) | Durant | Oklahoma | United States

Register by June 21

This seminar is part of the ongoing soil health partnership between the Choctaw Nation and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).  It will provide farmers and ranchers an opportunity to learn about some of the options they have for the application of soil health practices in Southern Oklahoma and Northern Texas.

The workshop agenda topics include:
– Overview of the agriculture demonstration, education and outreach efforts being undertaken by the Choctaw Nation in partnership with NRCS
– Producer benefits Ag Census and NRCS new technology for producers
– Cover crops, grazing and soil health
– Producer perspectives on the benefits of soil health
– Summer crops and soil health options
– Ongoing research on new crop species and varieties being conducted by the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS)
– Advantages of using no-till in wildlife management

Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by June 21 by calling Clay Pope at (405) 699-2087, Jack Hicks at (580) 326-3201 (ext. 6019), or Carol Crouch at (405) 612-9331 or by emailing Pope or Crouch.

There is no charge for the meeting, and dinner will be provided.

Sponsors include the Southern Plains of the United States, the Choctaw Nation, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Redlands Community College and the USDA Southern Plains Climate Hub.

Download the flyer (PDF; 400 KB)

Jul
6
Thu
Soil Health: Successful Production on the Farm and Ranch @ Enid (Northern Oklahoma College Gantz Student Center, Montgomery Hall)
Jul 6 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Soil Health: Successful Production on the Farm and Ranch @ Enid (Northern Oklahoma College Gantz Student Center, Montgomery Hall) | Enid | Oklahoma | United States

Soil health is the single most important factor to a successful and resilient farm and ranching operation. Soil health principles apply whether you grow crops, raise livestock or both. Soil health management practices applied together can benefit and enhance both grazing and farming.

  • Dr. Richard Teague, Managing Grazing to Regenerate Soil Health and Ranch Livelihoods
  • Jimmy Emmons, Improving Soil Health on the Ranch and Farm
  • Doug Spencer, Multi-Use Cover Crops for Grazing and Soil Health
  • Darin Williams, Making a Difference with Livestock, Cover Crops and No-till

For more information or to register, visit the workshop website, or contact Steve Swaffar by email or phone (785-210-4549).

Jul
7
Fri
Selman Bat Watch @ Alabaster Caverns State Park (Freedom)
Jul 7 all-day
Selman Bat Watch @ Alabaster Caverns State Park (Freedom) | Freedom | Oklahoma | United States

Register by June 9

Each summer, hundreds of thousands of Mexican free-tailed bats pour from the Selman Bat Cave to feed on insects, and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s Wildlife Diversity Program offers the public the chance to watch.

Due to limited spacing, all Selman Bat Watch visitors must pre-register.  (The area is closed to the public except during official events.) Each night’s viewing activities are limited to 75 visitors drawn from the pool of mailed-in registration forms. Admission to the Selman Bat Watch is $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 8-12. Children must be 8 years of age or older to attend.

Eight viewing opportunities are offered each year. Watches in 2017 will be held each Friday and Saturday night in the month of July. (July 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29.)

How to Register:  REGISTRATION FORMS WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE MAY 30, 2017.

Hopeful Selman Bat Watch participants must print, complete and mail their registration form to Selman Bat Watch c/o Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, P.O. Box 53465, Oklahoma City, OK 73152 between May 30 and June 9, 2017. Please read the registration form carefully before completing.

Registration forms must be postmarked between May 30 and on or before June 9, 2017 to be accepted.

Only one registration form is needed for families or groups. Group members should not register individually. Group size is limited to 10 on Saturday evenings.

What to Expect if Selected for a Selman Bat Watch:
Before being bused to the Selman Bat Cave Wildlife Management Area, visitors will be introduced to the Mexican free-tailed bat and other wildlife that may be encountered at the area. On site, group leaders will explain how the bats travel up to 1,400 miles each spring to give birth and raise their young in Oklahoma and take visitors on an optional ¼ mile nature walk. For your safety and to protect the bats, the cave will not be toured.

·         There are no flush toilets on site, but port-a-potties will be available.

·         There is no running water, but drinking water will be provided.

·         The nature trail is level, but not paved.

·         Rattlesnake encounters are possible.

Things to Consider if Selected for a Selman Bat Watch:
Safety of visitors and protection of the bats are of the utmost importance. State laws protect the bats, the cave and its environs.

·         Visitors are welcome to bring collapsible lawn chairs, insect repellent, binoculars and cameras.

·         Visitors are asked to leave glass containers, water bottles, non-registered people and pets at home.

·         Visitors are asked to dress for the outdoors (sturdy shoes – no sandals) and for the heat. Please consider wearing long pants to protect your legs from brush.

·         Adults must accompany children at all times and make sure they follow the rules.

·         Visitors must remain inside the mowed viewing area boundaries

·         NO SMOKING. The cave is located in a prairie.

About Selman Bat Cave Wildlife Management Area:
This 340-acre tract of land contains one of four known maternity colonies for Mexican free-tailed bats in Oklahoma. The cave is situated among gypsum bluffs surrounded by a mixed-grass prairie community.

The property was purchased by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation in 1996 with funds donated to the Wildlife Diversity Program and from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses.

Jul
8
Sat
Selman Bat Watch @ Alabaster Caverns State Park (Freedom)
Jul 8 all-day
Selman Bat Watch @ Alabaster Caverns State Park (Freedom) | Freedom | Oklahoma | United States

Register by June 9

Each summer, hundreds of thousands of Mexican free-tailed bats pour from the Selman Bat Cave to feed on insects, and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s Wildlife Diversity Program offers the public the chance to watch.

Due to limited spacing, all Selman Bat Watch visitors must pre-register.  (The area is closed to the public except during official events.) Each night’s viewing activities are limited to 75 visitors drawn from the pool of mailed-in registration forms. Admission to the Selman Bat Watch is $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 8-12. Children must be 8 years of age or older to attend.

Eight viewing opportunities are offered each year. Watches in 2017 will be held each Friday and Saturday night in the month of July. (July 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29.)

How to Register:  REGISTRATION FORMS WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE MAY 30, 2017.

Hopeful Selman Bat Watch participants must print, complete and mail their registration form to Selman Bat Watch c/o Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, P.O. Box 53465, Oklahoma City, OK 73152 between May 30 and June 9, 2017. Please read the registration form carefully before completing.

Registration forms must be postmarked between May 30 and on or before June 9, 2017 to be accepted.

Only one registration form is needed for families or groups. Group members should not register individually. Group size is limited to 10 on Saturday evenings.

What to Expect if Selected for a Selman Bat Watch:
Before being bused to the Selman Bat Cave Wildlife Management Area, visitors will be introduced to the Mexican free-tailed bat and other wildlife that may be encountered at the area. On site, group leaders will explain how the bats travel up to 1,400 miles each spring to give birth and raise their young in Oklahoma and take visitors on an optional ¼ mile nature walk. For your safety and to protect the bats, the cave will not be toured.

·         There are no flush toilets on site, but port-a-potties will be available.

·         There is no running water, but drinking water will be provided.

·         The nature trail is level, but not paved.

·         Rattlesnake encounters are possible.

Things to Consider if Selected for a Selman Bat Watch:
Safety of visitors and protection of the bats are of the utmost importance. State laws protect the bats, the cave and its environs.

·         Visitors are welcome to bring collapsible lawn chairs, insect repellent, binoculars and cameras.

·         Visitors are asked to leave glass containers, water bottles, non-registered people and pets at home.

·         Visitors are asked to dress for the outdoors (sturdy shoes – no sandals) and for the heat. Please consider wearing long pants to protect your legs from brush.

·         Adults must accompany children at all times and make sure they follow the rules.

·         Visitors must remain inside the mowed viewing area boundaries

·         NO SMOKING. The cave is located in a prairie.

About Selman Bat Cave Wildlife Management Area:
This 340-acre tract of land contains one of four known maternity colonies for Mexican free-tailed bats in Oklahoma. The cave is situated among gypsum bluffs surrounded by a mixed-grass prairie community.

The property was purchased by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation in 1996 with funds donated to the Wildlife Diversity Program and from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses.


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