With nearly 500 species of birds winging their way across Oklahoma, this land is prime bird watching territory. Migratory birds pass through Oklahoma twice a year along the central flyway of North America and birders will find surprises here such as Bald Eagles, American White Pelicans, Lesser Prairie Chickens and more.
In Oklahoma, bird watchers can visit natural treasures such as the Tishomingo Wildlife Refuge, home to 275 species of birds, the Red Slough Wildlife Management Area with 312 bird species, the Hackberry Flats Wildlife Management Area teeming with wetlands, shorebirds and waterfowl or the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge, where tens of thousands of migratory birds stop over each year.
Birding is a great educational outdoor activity for families and in Oklahoma, you'll be rewarded with memorable experiences such as watching the intricate dances of the Lesser Prairie Chicken or spotting a Bald Eagle fishing in Oklahoma's streams and rivers. Search for the Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher, Oklahoma's state bird known for its unique tail feathers, or gaze skyward as Red-Tailed Hawks circle overhead. From Painted Buntings to Roadrunners and Killdeer, your whole family will be able to add plenty of sightings to their bird watching lists in state parks, preserves and other outdoor recreation areas in Oklahoma.
Lace up your hiking boots, grab your binoculars and head to the Oklahoma panhandle where you'll find a birding paradise at Black Mesa State Park and Nature Preserve. Over 100 species of birds are frequently spotted amidst the plateaus and junipers that dot this rugged landscape.