Date: 7/13/17 6:58 am
From: Jerry Davis <jwdavis...>
Subject: Red Sough is the Top Oklahoma Bird Hot Spots
Red Slough is the number one bird hot spot in the state of Oklahoma. This is documented by data collection and support by David Arbour and Robert Bastarache and funded by the Ouachita National Forest. The data collected are entered into the National ebird database by Dr. Dan Scheiman with Audubon Arkansas. Dan sees the significance of these data being in the ebird database.

For many that are not birders nor care about the documentation of bird habitat use by birds, this might go unnoticed. This however is significant and a highlight to the important work going on at the Red Slough Wildlife Management on the Ouachita National Forest and its significance to birds. Red Slough is also the site of the Red Slough Birding Festival that gets National attention and is attended by people from all over the United States and some Foreign countries.

Our birds are declining by four percent (4%) per year and 40% fewer birds are crossing the Gulf of Mexico than crossed just 10 years ago. Most people are either unaware or indifferent to this significant decline and the fact that our birds are fading out of existence. Those that watch and care about birds see this happening.

This needs to be a priority for a news release and get this information out to at least the Arkansas and Oklahoma newspapers. Red Slough is important and well known to people in almost all of the states and many foreign countries. Idabel and Broken Bow OK would be remiss if they do not see the value of this site to birds and their communities.

The link attached shows the ebird Hot Spot sites for Oklahoma and by clicking on Red Slough you can see these data that are entered there as well.

Jerry Wayne Davis
Hot Springs, AR

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