The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and Friends of Hackberry Flat are offering a fun-filled day for the entire family on Saturday, April 21st from 9 am to 3 pm at the Hackberry Flat Center located near Frederick in southwest Oklahoma.

Activities on the Hackberry Flat area include a morning birding tour for intermediate and advanced birdwatchers from 8:30 a.m. until noon. Birding tours for beginners and families are offered four times on Saturday: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2 p.m. New this year, the first 25 families to sign up for and take the tour will receive one bird field guide/family. To make reservations for a bird tour, send an e-mail to mhickman@zoo.odwc.state.ok.us specifying which of the four time slots are preferred as well as the number of people in the group. Visitors may also sign up for a tour when upon arrival at Hackberry Flat Center, but each tour is limited to 20 people. A waiting list will be maintained.

Families also can try archery and shotgun shooting for both skilled and beginning shooters, crayfish hunting, and close-up observation of the sport fish of Oklahoma in the Wildlife Department’s large aquarium.

Activities continue inside the Center with viewing wetland wildlife in the wetland classroom presented by Quartz Mountain Nature Park and the OK Wildlife and Prairie Heritage Alliance, as well as an interactive exhibit about bats in Oklahoma by Alabaster Caverns State Park.

Participants of the Hackberry Flat Day activities are exempt from possessing a hunting or fishing license or conservation passport normally required when entering most wildlife management areas.

All activities will begin at the Hackberry Flat Center, a facility that provides wetland classroom experiences for school groups, programs on wildlife and wildlife-related activities as well as meeting facilities for resource-oriented programs, workshops and meetings. More information as well as directions to Hackberry Flat can be found at www.wildlifedepartment.com/hackberry_flat.htm.

For more information about other attractions in and around Frederick, call the Frederick Chamber of Commerce at (580) 335-2126.  For more information about the Hackberry Flat Center, call Melynda Hickman, Wildlife Diversity biologist for the Wildlife Department, at (405) 990-4977.

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