At least one eagle has already been spotted at Arcadia Lake, site of Eagle Watch.
The annual event, an opportunity to see the majestic birds in the wild, will be from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 3-5 at the lake. A video and display of a mounted bald eagle will be available along with informational displays about other birds frequently seen at the lake.
Eagle Watch visitors start at the park office, located east of I-35 off Second Street/Route 66 where they will receive a lake map. Spotters and lake staff pass along information to guests about where eagles have been spotted.
Lake fee collector Linnie Mason urged guests to dress warm and bring their binoculars. Prime time for spotting eagles is in the morning, Mason said.
A large raptor, the bald eagle has a wingspan of about 7 feet, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Adults have a dark brown body and wings, white head and tail and a yellow beak. Juveniles are mostly brown with white mottling on the body, tail and undersides of wings. Adult plumage usually is obtained by the sixth year.
Oklahoma is an important wintering area for bald eagles, consistently ranking in the top 10 states for number of birds, according to the Tulsa Audobon Society. They migrate south from their nesting range and stay wherever they find open water and plentiful food.
Migrating eagles mingle with the state’s resident population. Oklahoma had more than 60 active nests as of 2007, according to the Tulsa Audobon Society. They begin to arrive at Arcadia Lake in late November and December. Their numbers peak in January and February.
In flight, eagles often soar or glide with their wings held at a right angle to the body. They tend to roost near feeding areas, and they usually feed early in the morning. They detect prey while soaring or from a high perch.
Arcadia Lake, which has a surface area of 1,820 acres, is surrounded by 26 miles of shoreline. According to the Oklahoma City Audobon Society, birding is very good on and around the lake during any season.
Year-round birds that can be seen at the lake include: American white pelican, great blue heron, Canada goose, red-tailed hawk, wild turkey, northern bobwhite, American coot, ring-billed gull, rock pigeon, mourning dove, white-winged dove, roadrunner, great horned owl, barred owl, eastern screech owl, belted kingfisher, pileated, red-head and red-bellied woodpeckers, northern flicker, downy and hairy woodpeckers, loggerhead shrike, blue jay, American crow, tufted titmouse, Carolina and bewick’s wrens, eastern bluebird, American robin, northern mockingbird, eastern phoebe, spotted towhee, northern cardinal, eastern meadowlark, red-winged blackbird and the house sparrow.
Admission to the lake is half-price, $3 per vehicle, during Eagle Watch. The lake park office is about 3 miles east of I-35 off Second Street. For more information about Eagle Watch, call 216-7471 or the park office at 216-7470. On the Web, visit the City of Edmond’s website: edmondok.com.
At least one eagle has already been spotted at Arcadia Lake, site of Eagle Watch.
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DOC action could save $36.8 million annually
The Oklahoma Department of Corrections expects to avert more than 2,100 offenders by 2021 saving more than $36.8 million annually, an audit states.
Tuesday, State Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones released the results of a performance audit of the DOC that was requested by Gov. Mary Fallin. The audit for the period July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2013, distinctly focused on governance, financial management and capacity management.
Audit recommendations included:
Regional Food Bank receives donation
At a special celebration event Wednesday, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation announced that over the last fiscal year they gave more than $30 million in cash and in-kind contributions to charitable organizations throughout Oklahoma. Additionally, the retailer and its Foundation have partnered with local food banks to provide more than 15 million pounds of food to residents.
Man allegedly assaults officer on Tinker AFB
A metro man faces an assault complaint after he allegedly nearly struck a federal officer with a vehicle during a pursuit that began as a traffic stop on Tinker Air Force Base, court records show.
Sanford C. Coats, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma, said Wednesday a criminal complaint was unsealed charging James Williams, 60, of Del City, with assaulting a federal officer with a dangerous weapon.
NAMI classes begin in September
NAMI Edmond North-OKC, the local organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will offer its Family-to-Family Education Program beginning Sept. 2. It will contine Sept. 4 and 8-9. Classes will be at Crossings Community Church, Quail Springs United Methodist Church, Francis Tuttle Technology Center (Portland campus), Tinker AFB Chapel and the Thunderbird Club House in Norman.
NAMI Family-to-Family is a free 12-session education program for family caregivers of adults living with mental illness. The sessions are offered once a week for a few hours each.
K9 hot on drug trail
An Oklahoma County deputy and his K9 partner have logged another impressive drug seizure, records show.
Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Mark Myers said Monday a deputy noticed a car weaving and straddling lanes on I-40 near the Meridian Avenue exit. Myers said the deputy stopped the vehicle and spoke with the two people inside.
The driver and passenger told conflicting stories about their trip, Myers said. The deputy also smelled marijuana inside of the vehicle, Myers said.
City spends $1.7 million on ITS
Public safety will benefit by the Intelligent Transportation System with its implementation by the City of Edmond, said Steve Commons, assistant city manager.
More vehicles are added to traffic volume as Edmond’s population grows. ITS connects all of the city’s traffic signals in order to improve traffic flow in present time with greater efficiency, Commons said Wednesday.
“Some of that can be done through computer automation that tracks how traffic is changing,” Commons said.
Edmond church to host free eye clinic
An Edmond church and Feed the Children are partnering to provide a free eye clinic.
Individuals will be able to receive a free vision test and free prescription eye glasses from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Waterloo Road Baptist Church, 3100 E. Waterloo Road. All ages are welcome and registration is not required.
July could be coolest in weather record books
With chances for soaking rains and unseasonably cool temperatures becoming frequent, a weather expert is increasingly convinced Oklahoma will end up with a historic July.
At mid-afternoon Tuesday, the National Weather Service forecast for Edmond called for the high Wednesday to be near 73 with a 90 percent chance of heavy rain, followed by the high Thursday near 78 with a 30 percent chance of showers.
Highs are expected to remain in the 80s into Monday.
Downtown Master Plan accepted by council
The 2014 Downtown Master Plan Study was accepted by a 3-0 vote Tuesday evening by the Edmond City Council.
Fort Worth-based consulting group Freese and Nichols presented their final update to the 1998 Downtown Master Plan. The city hired the group at a cost of $300,000 to make recommendations for future development of Broadway in the central business district.
“There are clearly some short-term (parking) options that we feel should move forward,” said Cody Richardson, of Freese and Nichols consultants of Fort Worth. “Better signage at existing parking lots.”
UCO forensic volunteer wants to aid more agencies
A four-person group of forensic investigators who volunteer their time to help smaller Oklahoma police departments isn’t enough to meet demand, a member said.
Kama King, who recently completed her graduate research and will be a member of the faculty at the University of Central Oklahoma’s Forensic Science Institute, said outside of full-time jobs, members of the group volunteer to assist these agencies.
As her career progresses, King hopes to help establish a permanently funded organization available to any agency in the state to assist in remains recovery as well as related training.
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