Oklahoma Travel Guide
Birders Join The Celebration of Birds At The Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge In Northwest Oklahoma
Each year folks gather for the
Celebration of Birds at the
Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge in northwest Oklahoma. This
32,000 acre refuge has a diverse landscape filled with a variety of
grassland, woodland, water and salt-flat habitats that attract over 300
species of birds, so don't forget your camera.
There are several endangered species that visit the Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge, including whooping cranes, interior terns, peregrine falcons and bald eagles. Throughout the year the refuge host many activities, and it is also a popular place for hiking, fishing and boating.
Another event that takes place is the Crystal Festival, which is fun for everyone. And, if you're interested you can collect Selenite Crystals yourself with these tips:
Bring a few gallon containers of water since there is no running water at the crystal area. This will help you rinse off the crystals, and of course clean up after your dig.
A small shove is also a helpful tool to have on hand so you can dig a hole about two feet deep and two feet across until you reach wet sand. You may feel the shovel break through the crystals as it goes down. This can not be helped as there is no way of predicting exactly where a bed of crystals is located.
Allow two or three inches of water to seep in from the bottom.
Use your hand or a container to splash water gently against the sides of the hole. The agitated water will wash the soil away from the crystals.
The Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge has experts who can help you learn more about searching for crystals, viewing wildlife, and joining annual events. Check out the information below to learn more and plan your trip to the refuge.
By Leroy Worley
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