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Apr
28
Fri
Oklahoma Native Plant Society Wonders of Wildflowers Weekend @ Tallgrass Prairie Preserve (Pawhuska, OK)
Apr 28 – Apr 30 all-day
Oklahoma Native Plant Society Wonders of Wildflowers Weekend @ Tallgrass Prairie Preserve (Pawhuska, OK) | Pawhuska | Oklahoma | United States

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.

Apr
29
Sat
Agroforestry Workshop @ Allen Research & Education Project Site (Laurie, MO)
Apr 29 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Agroforestry Workshop @ Allen Research & Education Project Site (Laurie, MO) | Gravois Mills | Missouri | United States

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

For more information or to register, contact Caroline Todd (ToddCS@Missouri.edu, (573) 884-2874), or download the flyer.

Tracing the Steps of Thomas Nuttall through the Poteau River Valley @ Ft. Smith / Poteau area
Apr 29 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tracing the Steps of Thomas Nuttall through the Poteau River Valley @ Ft. Smith / Poteau area

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.

For more information or to register, contact Nina Morgan (nmmorgan@ktc.edu, (918) 647-5418)
or Danielle Mathews, ( dmathews@ktc.edu, (918) 647-5439), or download the flyer.

May
4
Thu
Strawberry Tour @ Mustang, OK
May 4 @ 7:30 am – 3:00 pm
Strawberry Tour @ Mustang, OK | Mustang | Oklahoma | United States

Mustang, OK and vicinity (leaves from and returns to Oklahoma City)

TOUR IS FREE; RSVP BY APRIL 28

 

Agenda

7:30

Register: Oklahoma Department of Agriculture

 

8:00

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

 

12:30

Lunch: Swadley’s BBQ • Mustang, OK

 

3:00

Return to: Oklahoma Department of Agriculture

May
5
Fri
OSU Eastern Research Station Field Day @ OSU Eastern Research Station (Haskell)
May 5 @ 9:30 am
OSU Eastern Research Station Field Day @ OSU Eastern Research Station (Haskell) | Haskell | Oklahoma | United States

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.

To RSVP or for more information, please contact Rachel Allen (rachel.allen@okstate.edu, (918) 686-7800) or download the flyer.

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.

May
6
Sat
Red Slough Birding Convention @ Idabel (Southeastern Oklahoma State University- McCurtain County Campus)
May 6 – May 9 all-day
Red Slough Birding Convention @ Idabel (Southeastern Oklahoma State University- McCurtain County Campus) | Idabel | Oklahoma | United States

The 9th annual Red Slough Birding Convention runs from May 6-9 in and around Idabel.  It features birding tours of the Red Slough WMA, Little River National Wildlife Refuge, and McCurtain County Wilderness Area.  Keynote speaker Greg Lasley will cover both “Birds of the Big Bend” and “Dragonflies and Damselflies of Texas” on different days during the conference, while Dr. Mia Revels & Abbey Ramirez, of Northeastern State University, will deliver a talk titled,  “The Owls Are Not What They Seem: Northern Saw-whet Owls in Oklahoma”

The Red Slough tour will visit numerous habitats including emergent wetlands, mudflats, reservoirs, scrub/shrub, and willow tree rows. It is not unusual to see over 100 species of birds in a day during the month of May.

Expected birds of interest include: Purple and Common Gallinule, King Rail, Sora, American & Least Bitterns, Neotropic Cormorant, Anhinga, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, White Ibis, White-faced Ibis, Hudsonian Godwit, Black-necked Stilt, Least Tern, Bell’s Vireo, Marsh & Sedge Wrens, Prothonotary Warbler, Painted Bunting, and Bobolink. Other birds of interest that might be spotted include: Mottled Duck, Glossy Ibis, Virginia Rail, and Yellow-headed Blackbird.

American Alligators are often seen on this tour, as well as numerous wildflowers such as Alligator Flag, Obedient Plant, Spider Lily, and Blue Flag Iris. Bird viewing will be done from levee roads and observation platforms.

Bring rubber boots as the grass on the levees in the mornings is usually wet. Walking approximately one mile around Bittern Lake normally occurs on this tour.  Spotting scopes may come in handy but are not necessary as the guides will have them. Bring your cameras!

For more information and registration, visit redsloughconvention.com.

May
7
Sun
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds Spring Planting Festival @ Mansfield, MO
May 7 – May 8 all-day
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds Spring Planting Festival @ Mansfield, MO | Mansfield | Missouri | United States

Join 10,000 gardeners at Baker Creek Heirloom Seed company’s annual two-day Spring Planting Festival.  It is the company’s largest event of the year, featuring seeds, plants, music, culture and the celebration of historic foods.  Browse through thousands of varieties of plants and learn how to grow them with acclaimed guest speakers.  The festival runs from 10:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. each day.

May
9
Tue
Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center
May 9 @ 9:00 am
Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center | Poteau | Oklahoma | United States

Guided tours are available one day each month, on the second Tuesday of the month.

During these tours, Kerr Center staff show visitors our current horticulture and livestock projects.

Tours go from 9-11 or 1-3 (approximate length),  and cost $10 per person.

Advance registration is required. Contact us a week in advance to let us know you are coming and whether you want to see horticulture or livestock projects or both.

Keep in mind that what is available to see varies according to season. When you call, we can let you know what is available to see. We want you to have the best possible experience!

Pay at the door. Tours begin at the Kerr Center office.

Click here for directions and map.

All other visits must be requested at least two weeks in advance. Groups are welcome.

Call the Kerr Center at 918.647.9123 or email mailbox@kerrcenter.com with “tour request” in the subject line to arrange a visit.

May
10
Wed
Planning for Success for Vegetable Producers @ Heifer Ranch (Perryville, AR)
May 10 – May 11 all-day
Planning for Success for Vegetable Producers @ Heifer Ranch (Perryville, AR) | Perryville | Arkansas | United States

With support from the Southern Extension Risk Management Center and Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, NCAT and Heifer International are offering back-to-back workshops for vegetable producers.

Day 1: Sustainable Vegetable Production

Workshop sessions on the first day will include a discussion of financial management, marketing strategies, produce safety, and digital tools for the savvy grower. Participants will also tour the Heifer Ranch CSA to learn about organic production techniques and protected culture.

Day 2: Small-Scale Equipment and Scaling-up Production

Day two of the workshops will dive into scale-appropriate tools and equipment for vegetable production efficiency. It will cover everything from hand tools to tractors and implements.

Participants are welcome to attend either day or both days. The events are free and lunch will be provided.

Scholarships are available to cover lodging and meals for those staying the night on May 10 in order to attend both workshops.

For more information, contact Margo Hale at (479) 442-9824 or margoh@ncat.org.

May
12
Fri
Oklahoma Garden Clubs Wildflower Workshop @ Camp McFadden, Kaw Lake (Ponca City)
May 12 – May 13 all-day
Oklahoma Garden Clubs Wildflower Workshop @ Camp McFadden, Kaw Lake (Ponca City) | Ponca City | Oklahoma | United States

Register by May 2

This workshop features sessions on pollinators, mixology and wildflowers, native wildflowers, and Native American medicinal uses of wildflowers, as well as a Friday evening Dutch oven dinner and a Saturday afternoon wildflower tour.

For more information or to register, contact Linda Sparks at sparklebug@cableone.net or download the registration form.