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.
One of northeastern Oklahoma’s unique recreational treasures, the Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness encompasses over 300 acres of rugged park land located only a few miles from Tulsa’s vibrant downtown. The landscape creates a sense of being far from city life, with visitors surrounded by a thick canopy of trees including native Post and Blackjack Oak, Hickory, Redbud and other species
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.”