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.
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.