Red Slough Bird Wildlife Habitat
Red Slough Wildlife Habitat is located off of Hwy 259 South of Idabel. The Red Slough Wildlife Management Area is a 5,814 acre wetland project designed to restore hydrology and re-establish bottomland hardwoods. It is cooperatively managed by the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, and Ducks Unlimited. Project goals and objectives are to maximize diversity and offer outstanding recreational opportunities. Red Slough is a very popular recreational destination located in southeastern Oklahoma and is a premier birdwatching and waterfowl hunting area.
The International Red Slough Birding Convention is held the 2nd weekend in May. May 4-7, 2013. Contact Idabel Chamber for registration.2013 Bird Convention keynote speaker: Laura Erickson - conservation Big Year Other speakers: Bryan Reynolds, butterflies and Mia Revels. 2013 Tours: Red Slough Birding, Little River National Wildlife Refuge, McCurtain County Wilderness Area, Dragonfly tour, Prairie Wildflower tour, and Champion Trees tour.
Previous speakers have been Greg Lasly, a higly respected nature photographer/tour guide/author.Dr. Keith Bildstein, Director of Conservation Science at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Pennsylvania. Dr. Mia Revels aka Swainson's Warbler, Swamp Lady. Nancy Newfield, the hummingbird lady, Dr. Doug Wood and Dr. David Krementz. Favorite tour guides have been Matt White, Paul Miliotis, Dennis Wilson, Berlin Heck, and David Arbour.
Contact Idabel Chamber of Commerce 580-286-3305 or Museum of the Red River at 580-286-3616 for registration or vendor booths.
Over 155 bird species were identified.
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck,Canada Goose,Wood Duck,Mottled Duck,Blue-winged Teal,Ring-necked Duck,Hooded Merganser,Wild Turkey,Northern Bobwhite,Pied-billed Grebe,Neotropic Cormorant,Double-crested Cormorant,Anhinga,American Bittern,Least Bittern,Great Blue Heron,Great Egret,Snowy Egret,Cattle Egret,Green Heron,Black-crowned Night-Heron,Yellow-crowned Night-Heron,White-faced Ibis,Black Vulture,Turkey Vulture,Mississippi Kite,Bald Eagle,Cooper's Hawk,Red-shouldered Hawk,Broad-winged Hawk,Red-tailed Hawk,Merlin,King Rail,Sora,Purple Gallinule,Common Moorhen,American Coot,Killdeer,Spotted Sandpiper,Solitary Sandpiper,Greater YellowlegsLesser Yellowlegs,Hudsonian Godwit,Least Sandpiper,White-rumped Sandpiper,Pectoral Sandpiper,Stilt Sandpiper,Long-billed Dowitcher,
Wilson's Phalarope,Franklin's Gull,Least Tern,Black Tern,Forster's Tern,Rock Pigeon,Eurasian Collared-Dove,Mourning Dove,Inca Dove,Yellow-billed Cuckoo,Eastern Screech-Owl,Barred Owl,Common Nighthawk,Chuck-will's-widow,Whip-poor-will,Chimney Swift,Ruby-throated Hummingbird,Belted Kingfisher,Red-headed Woodpecker,Red-bellied Woodpecker,Downy Woodpecker,Hairy Woodpecker,Red-cockaded Woodpecker,Northern Flicker,Pileated Woodpecker,Eastern Wood-Pewee,Acadian Flycatcher,Alder Fltcatcher,Least Flycatcher,Eastern Phoebe,Great Crested Flycatcher,Eastern Kingbird,Scissor-tailed Flycatcher,White-eyed Vireo,Bell's Vireo,Yellow-throated Vireo,Warbling Vireo,Red-eyed Vireo,Blue Jay,American Crow,Fish Crow,Purple Martin,Tree Swallow,Northern Rough-winged Swallow,Bank Swallow,Cliff Swallow,Barn Swallow,Carolina Chickadee,Tufted Titmouse,
White-breasted Nuthatch,Brown-headed Nuthatch,Carolina Wren,Marsh Wren,Blue-gray Gnatcatcher,Eastern Bluebird,Wood Thrush,American Robin,Gray Catbird,Northern Mockingbird,European Starling,Cedar Waxwing,Tennessee Warbler,Nashville Warbler,Northern Parula,Yellow Warbler,Chestnut-sided Warbler,Magnolia Warbler,Black-throated Green Warbler,Yellow-throated Warbler,Pine Warbler,Prairie Warbler,Black-and-white Warbler,Prothonotary Warbler,Swainson's Warbler,Northern Waterthrush,Louisiana Waterthrush,Kentucky Warbler,Common Yellowthroat,Hooded WarblerWilson's Warbler,Canada Warbler,Yellow-breasted Chat,Summer Tanager,Scarlet Tanager,Chipping Sparrow,Savannah Sparrow,Lincoln's Sparrow,Swamp Sparrow,Northern Cardinal,Rose-breasted Grosbeak,Blue Grosbeak,Indigo Bunting,Painted Bunting,Dickcissel,Bobolink,Red-winged Blackbird,Eastern Meadowlark,Yellow-headed Blackbird,Common Grackle,Great-tailed Grackle,Brown-headed Cowbird,Orchard Oriole,Baltimore Oriole,House Finch, and a House Sparrow.
Red Slough is home to alligators, ducks, native birds,miratory birds, dragonflies, damselflies, wildflowers and turtles. Contact Robert Bastarache, U.S. Forest Service District Biologist at 580-494-6402 x107.
Red Slough is home to alligators, ducks, native birds,miratory birds, dragonflies, damselflies, wildflowers and turtles.
Contact Robert Bastarache, U.S. Forest Service District Biologist at 580-494-6402 x107.