I have been a contributing member and volunteer for the Sutton Avian Research Center for many years, and I give them the highest rating for several reasons. First of all, they are a well-established, science-based conservation organization that has been instrumental in the restoration and preservation of some of the country's most beloved bird species, including the bald eagle and the prairie chicken. Recently, they have expanded to restoration of a lesser-known but no less important species, the masked bobwhite quail. The extremely knowledgable and experienced staff is also warmly welcoming to volunteers who want to help with their causes. Additionally, The Sutton Center is a passionate supporter of childhood environmental education. Through past classroom demonstrations and the very popular statewide high school art contest, the Natureworks Sutton Award, they have increased awareness of environmental issues among young people.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is extremely proud of our long lasting partnership with the G.M. Sutton Avian Research Center (Sutton Center) for the recovery of Endangered Species. We greatly appreciate their collaboration on the recovery of the critically endangered Masked Bobwhite Quail. Since the Sutton Center's involvement, we have accomplished milestones in survival and reproduction not reached in over 30 years. Thank you Sutton!
I have been involved with the Avian Research center since 2014 through my professional affiliation. This organization has been a giant in the field of avian conservation for declining grassland birds and Southern Bald Eagles. Their successful captive breeding of endangered species and pioneering of bird survey techniques and publications, not just in Oklahoma, but across the world have provided a wealth of information to help conserve global bird populations.
It has been one of the best experiences of my life being a volunteer for Sutton Center. I am a member of the Bald Eagle Survey Team. We formed in 2010 with four initial members and we've grown to at least twenty, scattered statewide in Oklahoma. Every winter we survey a growing number of eagle nests. I've made many good friends through this activity. I never get tired of seeing that beautiful white head and gold beak peeking just over the edge of the nest.
Judy Bryant, Coweta, OK
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I have been volunteering at the Sutton Avian Research Center for over 8 years now and it has been a wonderful experience. I have helped with live shows, maintenance, construction, feeding the birds and countless other projects. If you want to volunteer at a place that has a huge impact on the environment and wildlife conservation, then look no further. The Sutton Avian Research Center is the place for you.