The Tulsa Audubon Society's annual Roost Watch event will be tomorrow evening beginning around 8 PM in the parking lot of the Hilton Garden Inn, which is on the east side of the entrance road to the airport in northeast Tulsa. There appears to be well over 100,000 martins there, and they start trickling in around 8. The numbers increase substantially between 8:30 and 8:45, and they keep coming in even after it is nearly dark. The martins are concentrated in trees that are along the entrance road to the terminal, about halfway between the Hilton Garden Inn and the parking garage / terminal building. It is possible to walk over to a parking lot on the west side of the entrance road and get a very close-up view of the martins entering several roost trees. Everyone should wear a mask (local ordinance requirement) and practice social distancing due to the corona virus.
There is highway work causing a detour at the exit to the airport from Hwy. 11, so anyone who is coming from I-244 will either need to exit at the Pine St. exit, then go west on Pine to Memorial (a few hundred feet). Turn north on Memorial and follow it into the airport property. Turn right (north) onto the drive into the airport, and the Hilton Garden Inn will be almost immediately on your right. Another option is to keep going west to the Sheridan Ave. exit. Then turn right on Sheridan and go a short distance to Apache St. Turn east on Apache and follow it to the loop road around the airport, and turn right on the loop road. Take it to Airport Drive, turn left (north) on Airport Drive, and the Hilton will be almost immediately on your right. If you are approaching the airport from the west on Hwy. 11, there are no road work issues and you can take the normal airport exit and it will funnel you onto Airport Drive, and the Hilton will be on your right just past the traffic light.
The roost is well worth seeing, and to get to see that many martins in one place is a thrill. The roost should be active for a few more weeks, so if you can't make it on the 8th, try coming to see it before the end of August. Their numbers should be at or near the peak for the next few days.
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