Fun and Fundamental OHCE Bird Study Tips – The Newkirk Herald Journal

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PECKHAM — The Oklahoma Home and Community Education (OHCE) Fun & Fundamental Club met at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11 in the Peckham Christian Church Annex.

President Frances Bohannon called the meeting to order and led the flag salute. She gave a devotional based on John 16:25-33, that in this world we will have tribulations, but to be of good cheer, God overcame the world. The OHCE credo was pronounced in unison. The roll call took place, telling of everyone’s favorite bird. Bohannon, Anita Denny, Kathy Fitch, Betty Glasgow and Ella and Roger Wenman answered the roll call. The minutes were verbally read from a tablet, as there was a printer problem, and they were approved. Bohannon presented the Treasurer’s report from the last meeting. A Dec. 28 letter from BancFirst said they had saved our tree for next year and talked about the winners.

A member is dealing with a thyroid and gluten problem, where you can’t eat wheat products. There seems to be Red Mills gluten free flour, but another friend with the same problem told her that nothing worked for bread, although she could eat corn or rice. A TSH 3.8 home test kit can be obtained and shows when the thyroid is low or high. The condition causes weight gain, hair loss, thinning nails, skin problems, constipation, mood swings, and dry eyes.

The sewing advice given was to measure a quarter inch seam, put a quarter mark on the nail.
The Standards of Excellence form had been received and club members were required to submit their information to the secretary so that she could have the form completed and referred to the extension educator by January 31.

VP Fitch reported that the next meeting will be February 8, with Carolyn as the course leader on “Affordable Decorating Trends.” An offering was taken and Club Collect was told. Bohannon, as host, gave the lesson “Birdwatching Oklahoma – Attracting Birds”.

Oklahoma has many different birds including doves, yellow-bellied suckers, red-headed woodpeckers, blue jays, northern cardinals, ruby-throated hummingbirds, juncos, and Oregon juncos , scissor-tailed flycatchers and bluebirds and eastern bluebirds. Food is important, but water is also essential for birds. Place the feeder or water dish at least 3 feet above the ground. They especially like the winterberry, a cousin of the holly, as it has bright red berries and droopy leaves in winter, and many other plants that birds like. Roger added that birds need food, water and shelter, and people rarely provide all three. He said the nesting boxes should be cleaned regularly.

The mMeeting adjourned for lunch.

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