Saturday, October 26, 2013

Join OOS and Rock Jumper Worldwide Birding Adventures for a trip to Africa. The provinces of KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga on South Africa's eastern seaboard boast some of the country's finest birding and exceptional mammal viewing. An impressive 750 plus species of bird occur in the region, reflecting the wonderful natural diversity of the area; and this, coupled with a modern infrastructure well suited to the needs of the modern traveler, makes birding here an absolute delight. From the classic African savanna of the world-renowned Kruger National Park and the teeming Zululand game reserves, to the bird-rich coastal forests of northern Natal, this tour of Eastern South Africa offers the very best of southern African birding and game viewing.

Those who decide to do the Cape Extension will be treated to a feast of endemics and the remarkable beauty of the South Western Cape. The Mother City, Cape Town, widely considered one of the world's most beautiful cities, will be our base for the first three nights of the extension. From here we will range out to explore the varied ecosystems conveniently accessible from our comfortable accommodations. We will then make our way up the West Coast where we will explore the dry country riches of the Tanqua Karoo to round off this unbeatable South African adventure. For more information, contact
- For more information, pricing and species information, visit the OOS website.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Join OOS at Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area on November 3, 2013 for some fun, food and birding!

Join OOS on Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 9:00 am for a fun, fall day of eating, meeting and birding at Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area!

We'll meet at the Killdeer Plains Headquarters Building, 19100 County Highway 115, Harpster, OH 44323. We will bird the area, and return for lunch at 12:30 at the Headquarters Building. Soup will be provided by OOS-please bring a bag lunch and beverage. PLEASE RSVP to only if you will be attending. No regrets please, only confirmation.

Lunch will be followed by a OOS members meeting featuring the election of officers and board members. The meeting will end around 2:00 pm. There will be lots of time to go birding again on your own in the afternoon.

If you are familiar with Killdeer Plains, and would be willing to serve as a birding guide that day, please email

This 9,230 acre wildlife area is visited by birders each winter hoping to find Short-eared and Long-eared Owls, Saw-whet Owls, Rough-legged Hawks, Red-tailed Hawks and Northern Harriers. Occasionally, a Golden Eagle and Peregrine Falcon may grace the skies. Scattered remnants of the formerly extensive tall-grass prairie can still be found on the area. Fields are being replanted with native prairie species. Associated prairie animals include the Eastern Massasauga rattlesnake and the rare Eastern Plains Garter snake. We hope to see you there!
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