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PAGE-3 JOURNAL-THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1997 resident volunteers at Tallgrass is Volunteer that r is look- rer a booster cy is more volun- at Preserve, be held 7:00 to 8:30 20) at the 600 s. 6:30 to 8:30 25) at the Center, 222 W. Main St. Like the other volunteers, Ms. McPherson drives to the prairie's headquarters about once a month to work with a team, giv- ing tours and maintaining a small book arid gift shop. She also coordinates special activi- ties. About 12,000 visitors come each year to the prairie. Its 37,000 acres are now a labora- tory of sorts, where scientists are studying 250 different species of grasses, 80 species of mammals, 300 species of birds and un- counted other plants and crea- tures. Tallgrass prairie used to stretch from Canada to the Gulf, but now it is rare, much of it plowed for wheat and corn. No complete tallgrass ecosystem now exists with its full commu- nity of plants and animals, so the The Conservancy invites scien- tists to use bison and controlled burning to re:establish that eco- system on former ranch land. Visitors often know more than the docents about birds or about the old days on the Chapman Barnard Ranch. Docents get to share stories with cowboys and scientists. Visitors have come from 48 for: eign countries, and 32 percent of all visitors are from outside Oklahoma. "I find it very inter- esting to visit with people who :":::: have made a special trip from (. somewhere far away just to see .... ille (left) and Iris McPherson will help C docents at The Tallgrass Prairie north of County ranching and oil history, the Osage Tribe and The Nature Conservancy's work Other volunteers join work crews at the prairie or help at other nature preserves through- out Oklahoma. For infi)rmation, call Mary McIntyre at The Na- ture Conservancy, (918) 585- 1117, ext. 22. Diamonds--Colored Stomes--Bridal Sets Wedding Bands--Watches Gifts--Clocks 708 S. MAIN, STILLWATER, OK 74074 * (405) 372-3041 "Serving Stillwater and Area Since 1964" KENT & ANNETTE KINZIE the prairie," McPherson said. Mary Mchityre, education and outreach coordinator of the Con- servancy, said she hopes to re- cruit enough docents to keep the visitors' office open every day this spring and summer. Last year, 90 docents greeted visitors five days a week through the spring andevery day from Me- morial Day in late May through ()ctober. I)ocents will take 16 hours ot required training in April. They learn about the prairie, Osage Thomas on Southern Nazarene Honor Roll Lori Lynne Thomas, a fresh- man elementary education ma- jor from Perkins, is among 424 students named to the 1996 Southern Nazarene fall honor roll. Dr. Don Dunnington, academic vice president at Southern Nazarehe University in Bethany, Obs ce MERICA HEART ON 9-10 a.m. Mon., Feb. 24 Wed., Feb. 26 Fri., Feb. 28 9-10 a.m. Mon., Mar. 3 Wed., Mar. 5 Fri., Mar. 7 released the Dean's and President's honor roll listings for Health Agency PERKINS FAMILY CLINIC the 1996 fall semester. The 424" 1023 E. Cherry - Cushing, OK 74023 We Accept Commercial Insurance, Sooner Care students listed on the honor rolls Care Tt~at Goes Home With You... and Medicare come from 31 states and seven , countries. We re As Close To You As h Phone Call[ 117 S. MAIN PERKINS, OK 4 405/547 2473 888/547 2473 (TOLL FREE) Founded in 1899, Southern 918/225-1626 ORTOLLFREE 1-800/417-03 5 - - Nazarene University is the sec- A Service of ~ Hillcrest HealthCare, A Service of ~ Hillcrest Medical Group ond oldest private four:year eral arts institution in the state ............ : ........ .............. :' ............ : ...... " @ N are ya iness or we can you! Payne County Bank offers rates and terms for used cars and pickups. o preset age limit on vehicl or ::i: :~i : / ~, -~ Home-owned and operated . ! Organized in 1898 *547-2436 Perkins, OK )en For Your Convenience[ Monday through Friday 8:00-3:00 Saturday 8:00-12:00 Monday through Thursday 7:30-3:00, Friday 7:30-6:00, Saturday 7:30-12:00 and Night Deposit Drop Are Open 24 Hours A Day, 7 Days A Week["