Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Timeline of Oklahoma Bird Introduction Events

From the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation timeline (excerpts):

  • 1911 – Ring-necked Pheasant first introduced

  • 1931 – Game Farm opens at Darlington

  • 1948 - Program to re-establish Wild Turkey populations initiated

  • 1949 - First Rio Grand Wild Turkeys released (Harper County)

  • 1960 - Autumn marked the State's first fall Wild Turkey season

  • 1966 – First attempt at introducing giant Canada Goose

  • 1971 – Wild Turkey restocking program successfully re-established the eastern Wild Turkey throughout much of the State east of U.S. Highway 69

  • 1980 – Giant Canada Goose introduction

  • 1982 – First successful introduction of giant Canada Goose

  • 1996 – Darlington Game Farm closed
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