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2003 - Nonprofit Organization Award - Education & Promotion - G.M. Sutton Avian Research Center

Education & Promotion (annual buget >$100,000) - G.M. Sutton Avian Research Center

Joggers, bicyclists, skaters and walkers are pausing these days along the 11-mile Pathfinder Parkway trail in Bartlesville to learn about birds, thanks to a well-executed three-year project of the Sutton Avian Research Center there.

Two large signs at the entrances to the trail inform patrons of ten additional signs along the route, each highlighting four species grouped by intriguing themes. The signs feature the talents of an award-winning bird artist, engaging and informative text, and range maps for each species. Each sign is attractively presented with high-quality, durable materials.

With support from Conoco-Phillips, the Bartlesville Service League, OSU - Okmulgee, Bartlesville High School, and Service and Technology Corporation, the project wonderfully combines beautification with education. The Sutton Avian Research Center's bird trail is good news taking wing in northeastern Oklahoma.