ABOUT WILDBREW

If you’ve heard of Wild Brew, you know it’s a terrific time in support of an internationally recognized, nonprofit conservation organization. Funds from the event underwrite ambitious educational projects such as the bald eagle nest Webcam, satellite tracking of young bald eagles and the Sutton Scholarship Awards.

This one-of-a-kind event hosted at the Cox Convention Center combines fare by Tulsa’s best restaurants with first-rate beers by artisan brewers from the U.S. and around the world.

THE SUTTON CENTER

The Sutton Center was founded in 1983 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding cooperative conservation solutions for birds and the natural world through science and education. Our biologists and governing board strive to protect natural resources and environments where birds live and breed. Through their efforts, the Center has become an internationally recognized leader in avian conservation.

Research and Conservation Programs

One of the Sutton Center’s most successful projects has been re-establishment of the bald eagle as a nesting bird in Oklahoma and other southeastern states. As a result, our national bird was removed from the list of endangered and threatened wildlife in the summer of 2007. Currently, the Center is researching the lesser prairie chicken, identifying threats and developing management techniques to halt the decline of this prairie icon. A new state of the art captive breeding facility for endangered grouse is nearing completion and being tested, a project that will soon increase the scope of the Sutton Center’s accomplishments in bird conservation.

Other projects include ongoing surveys of nesting Bald Eagles in Oklahoma, satellite tracking of Bald Eagles raised in Oklahoma, conservation-oriented research on declining grassland birds, and a major study of Oklahoma’s winter birds spanning five years of statewide bird surveys and resulting in the forthcoming publication of the first ever Oklahoma Winter Bird Atlas.

Education Programs

The Sutton Center places strong emphasis on education through programs including:

Satellite Tracking of Young Bald Eagles

The Sutton Center has fitted young bald eagles with satellite transmitters so students and the public alike can continue to follow these birds as they journey from their nests in Oklahoma. To learn more, visit www.suttoncenter.org.

The Sutton Scholarship Awards

With support from NatureWorks and corporate sponsors, The Sutton Awards recognize Oklahoma High school students, grades nine through twelve, who demonstrate the ability to communicate current conservation topics in compelling ways through art.  The Sutton Award is comprised of up to $20,000 in cash distributed annually among outstanding students and instructors.

Bald Eagle Nest Camera

Continuous Web cam coverage gives viewers in more than 190 countries a rare look at our national bird. Online visitors can watch bald eagles hunt, feed their young and defend the nest. To learn more, visit www.suttoncenter.org.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Get involved with Wild Brew.

As a nonprofit, the Sutton Center relies on the generous support of business leaders, as well as private and corporate foundations in the communities we serve. To learn more about helping or about our programs, contact the Center at 918.336.7778 or visit www.suttoncenter.org.