CELEBRATIONS

Horseback event back, new offerings set for 2016 Kaw Lake Ultimate Eagle Watch

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital

KAW LAKE — New programs will be added to popular returning features at the Kaw Lake Association’s annual “Ultimate Eagle Watch,” which is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 16.

“We’re excited this year to have a new program on injured wildlife from the OSU Zoological Medicine Service Centre for Veterinary Health Science,” said Vanessa Foreselius, event coordinator of the association. “They not only treat injured wildlife, but train veterinarians.”

The presentation will explain common intoxications, diseases and injuries that the centre’s staff and students encounter, Foreselius said. Some of the 2016 events were chosen to appeal “to our younger guests,” according to Foreselius. Programs with exotic animals — including one on the Sport of Falconry which features a live hawk. Indoor programs will be held at Kaw City Community Center, the Kaw Nation Learning Center and Kaw City School.

For a fifth consecutive year, events are to include an Eagle Watch by Horseback for those with horses. The Horseback Watch will start at Sarge Creek Campground (slightly east of Kaw City) and follow the Five Fingers Equestrian Trail. Riders are to head out at 11 a.m. and return in the afternoon. The riding event is by donation, and riders are reminded to bring a sack lunch.

Participants can come out for the day’s ride or they can camp Friday and/or Saturday evening. Family members who don’t want to ride can take advantage of the indoor programs in Kaw City. Campers should be prepared for electric only at the sites. Camping is electric only or primitive and the cost will be $10 a night.

Eagle Watch by Horseback was organized by Rick Boyd and Lori Young. Co-sponsors of the event are Kaw Enterprise Development Authority (KEDA), Pioneer Vet Clinic and Team D&P Tank. More information about the Horseback Watch can be obtained by calling Boyd at 580-716-7425.

“It’s a great opportunity — both to ride and to see eagles up close,” Boyd said. “We see several eagles each winter on the Five Fingers Equestrian Trail.”

Following are schedules for the Ultimate Eagle Watch indoor programs:

(at Kaw City Community Center, 700 Morgan Square)

7 a.m. Doors open with refreshments;

9 - 9:45 a.m. — Eagle History and Its Habitat (Mark Howery);

9:45 a.m. Break for refreshments;

10 - 10:45 a.m. — Identifying Bald Eagles (Gene Young);

10:45 a.m. Break for more refreshments;

11 - 11:45 a.m. — Live Eagle Visit (Sutton Avian Research Center, Ryan VanZant);

(at Kaw Nation Learning Center, 803 Washunga Drive)

7 a.m. Doors open with refreshments;

9 – 9:45 a.m. — Importance of Eagles to Native Americans (Luther Pepper)

9:45 a.m. Break for refreshments.

10 - 10:45 a.m. — Injured Wildlife (Dr. Joao Brandao and Ian Kanda)

10:45 a.m. Break for additional refreshments

(at Kaw City School, 904 Washunga Drive)

8:00 a.m. Doors open with refreshments

9:00 – 9:45 a.m. — Sanctuary Work, Exotics (Ciara Utech, Adansonia Wildlife)

9:45 a.m. Break for refreshments.

10 - 10:45 a.m. — The Sport of Falconry (Kent Carbaugh)

10:45 a.m. Break for more refreshments

LUNCH

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. — Native American luncheon (FREE) including corn soup, fry bread and grape dumplings. will be served at Kaw Nation Community Center, located just west of Washunga Bay.

11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Chili Dinner, First United Methodist Church, 457 Hickory Dr.

Other sponsors of Ultimate Eagle Watch events include Kaw Lake Educational Foundation, City of Kaw City, Kaw Nation, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Phillips 66, Shidler Public Schools, Sutton Avian Research Center and Ponca City Energy.

There is no charge for this event, donations are greatly appreciated to help cover the cost of the program.

More information about the Kaw Lake area can be found at www.kawlake.com, on the Kaw Lake Association Facebook page or by calling Kaw Lake Association at 580-762-9494 or 877-671-6985. The association’s e-mail address is: kawlake@cableone.net.