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The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and Friends of Hackberry Flat are celebrating Christmas with a new exhibit featuring the wildlife photography of Bill Adams. Visitors are invited to the Hackberry Flat Center, south of Frederick, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, for the photography exhibit and open house. The event is free and refreshments will be provided.
The exhibit will showcase images Adams has captured during several visits to Hackberry Flat Wildlife Management Area. Adams, from Duncan, will be on hand to share tips and experiences with budding photographers and wildlife enthusiasts.
The open house will not only celebrate Adams’ camerawork but also present a photographic “Year in Review” highlighting various school programs, events and activities on Hackberry Flat WMA. Hands-on activities for children will be provided.
The Hackberry Flat Center offers amenities for visitors, a meeting facility for events, outdoor classrooms for school children and programs to help develop outdoor skills. Planned programs for 2015 include a star party in January, a raptor program in February, Hackberry Flat Day in April, a nighttime nature program in August and monarch watching event in October. Go to wildlifedepartment.com for more information.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2015, Hackberry Flat Wildlife Management Area is a 7,120-acre wildlife oasis of wetland and upland habitats near Frederick in southwestern Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, along with many conservation-minded sponsors, restored this legendary wetland to create a refuge of millet, sedges and smartweed for prairie waterfowl, shorebirds and other wetland-dependent birds. Upland areas of native grasses and forbs interspersed with mesquite, hackberry and sand plums have become one of the state’s premier dove-hunting destinations. Anyone seeking quality outdoor recreation can satisfy their craving at Hackberry Flat WMA.
To get to the Hackberry Flat Center, from Frederick, take U.S. 183 south for one mile, then go east on Airport Road for three miles. Follow the blacktop road south, and continue six miles. Watch for signs to the center.