The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 19, 2013

Salt Plains festival is modified due to federal budget constraints

By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

— An annual festival at Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge is being modified because of federal budget constraints, but the event will go on.

Kim Dale, one of the festival organizers, said all the activities will happen as scheduled, but not in the usual location.

“The headquarters, where the festival has been taking place, is going to be closed,” Dale said. “The visitors center will be open.”

There will be hatchery tours, goose knocking, waterfowl displays, poaching education and more, Dale said. Scheduled for April 26-28 this year, the event features three days of activities for kids and adults.

Star gazing at Great Salt Plains State Park campgrounds and a movie in Cherokee will launch the festival April 26.

A crystal digging contest will be 9 a.m. to noon April 27. The rest of the day will include bird watching with the refuge staff; nature trail walks; dedication of a new trail; children’s activities and games including fishing, archery and woodcarving; exhibits from Oklahoma City Zoo; and a guided bird watch in the evening.

Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge is designated critical whooping crane habitat for use during the fall and spring migrations.