Center is pleased to offer a new program that will provide an
educational opportunity for our Friends of Oxley members. The
intent of the program is to bring in speakers, on a monthly
basis, or as otherwise appropriate, to share their knowledge on
topics of interest to our members. With Oxley being a research
center for nature related studies, we will kick off the lecture
series with 3 speakers who will share their findings from some
of these studies. Below is a quick overview of the speakers. For
more details, see the Nov/Dec
December 10: Ecological and phenotypic effects on the survival
and movement of the white-footed mouse, Peromyscus leucopus, by
January 21: “Research in site fidelity and habitat use: from
dark-eyed juncos to mosquitoes,” by Valerie A. O’Brien, Ph.D.
February 18, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: “Course-based
ecological research at Oxley” by Charles R. Brown,Ph.D.
If you are a
Friends of Oxley member, admission is free. If you are a
non-member,the fee is $20 for a one year individual membership,
which gets you into all 3 sessions along with other membership
related benefits throughout the year. To register, call
What gifts do you
bring to the New Year? We need help protecting and managing our
beautiful resources, reaching out to children about nature, and
so much more.
Center is sponsoring a volunteer roundup on Thursday, February
9, from 10:00-12:00 noon or 7:00-9:00 p.m. Join us to learn
about the many different volunteer opportunities we have to
We will have
question and answer sessions, staff and volunteer staff to visit
with, and refreshments. Later we will take a short hike.
Can you help? Have
you got me to share? Consider joining our team, we would love to
A joy shared
is a joy doubled -Goethe
Who is a Volunteer
Naturalist? It could be you! Do you enjoy being outdoors and
sharing the experience of nature with others? We are offering
two Volunteer Naturalist training programs in March.
schedules are flexible, depending on number of participants.
Weekday sessions may run March 2- March 30, two days a week from
9:00 a.m.-12 noon. If evenings and weekends are more convenient,
you may attend training two evenings from 6:30- 8:30 p.m. and
three weekend days from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Please call for details
about the schedules.
you will become familiar with our trail system as you explore
the prairie, wetland, and forested areas. We emphasize
leadership skills and interpretation methods.
Upon completion of
training, you will join other naturalists, each guiding a small
group of visitors on weekday, evening or weekend tours. The
majority of tours are school field trips. For 18 years or older,
no previous experience is
Stations, and Monarch Butterflies Swarm
Oxley Nature Center
40 Monarchs that
were raised from eggs found locally were released on July 29 to
promote the Monarch Initiative of Tulsa, creating habitat for
Monarchs in the Tulsa area. Over 125 people attended the
release, as well as three TV stations!
Oxley Facebook page for more photos from the event.
Here is a
link to the video from channel 6.
The Monarch Initiative of Tulsa
aims to increase the number of Monarch butterflies, whose
population has nose-dived in the past 20 years. It is easy to
do: plant milkweed and nectar plants, provide water and quit
using pesticides and herbicides. Monarchs pass through Oklahoma
every spring on their way north from roosting grounds in Mexico
and every fall when they return from the northern U.S. Go to monarchwatch.org
to learn how to create a certified Monarch Waystation. Your site
could be on an International Registry! Initiative members
include the Oxley Nature Center, Riverfield Country Day School,
Tulsa Botanic Garden, Tulsa Garden Center, Tulsa Audubon
Society, Oklahoma Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, Tulsa Urban
Wilderness Coalition and Tulsa Zoo.
New Trail Maps
for newly updated trail maps for Oxley, including the North
Woods and trail descriptions.