The river corridor is home to fox, raccoon, opossum and beaver, with rare, occasional sightings of deer, coyotes and bobcats. Sandbars in the river are spring/summer nesting sites for the endangered Interior Least Tern. In winter months, Bald Eagles nest along the river and raise their young. Park users can catch glimpses of the magnificent birds hunting for prey. Herons, pelicans and gulls are regular visitors along the riverfront.
Much of the riverbank is lined with mature trees which, along with areas of thick brush, help stabilize the riverbanks and offer wildlife habitat. New tree plantings emphasize native species that are disease-resistant, provide seasonal color and are tolerant of Oklahoma’s weather extremes. Landscape beds generally feature low maintenance grasses and shrubs, with limited flowering species. Storm damage is the greatest threat to River Parks’ urban forest, with many trees lost each year to high winds. Common species found in River Parks include Redbud, Hackberry, Cyprus, Cottonwood and Oak.
Art in the Park
River Parks’ landscape is enriched with Tulsa’s largest collection of bronze wildlife sculptures, all gifts to the citizens of Tulsa from NatureWorks, Inc., a local nonprofit organization that promotes wildlife conservation and education projects in Oklahoma. Many of the sculptures were created by internationally-recognized artists whose work ranges from the dramatic to the whimsical. In addition to the wildlife bronzes, other sculptures in the park include character studies such as “Crossing the Prairie” and abstract contemporary works such as “The Web.”
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