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Volunteers Cleanup & Monitor Mooser Creek on Turkey Mountain

Mooser Creek at the north boundary of Turkey Mountain has been able to remain in reasonably good condition despite encroaching urbanization.  How do we know?  Mooser Creek is monitored by devoted Blue Thumb volunteers.  Several of Turkey Mountain’s trails twist and turn and progress north to tie into areas along the southern bank of Mooser Creek.

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Mooser creek clean up Tulsa OK
Volunteer Gayle with Blue Thumb coordinator (and TUWC member!) Cheryl Cheadle collect benthic macroinvertebrates (snails, larval insects, etc.) from the stream as part of Blue Thumb monitoring.
Red darters found in Mooser Creek
Darters are small fish that like to make their home in the riffles of streams where the water is likely to be well-oxygenated. This redfin darter is a great find – these little fish cannot survive if pollution levels go too high.
Darters in Mooser Creek
More Darters! These are orangethroated darters, another great find, although they are not quite as sensitive as are the redfin darters.
Mooser Creek
Rocky ledges, emergent vegetation, large rocks, woody debris – all of these habitat components can be found in Mooser Creek. With Turkey Mountain being such as important part of the Mooser Creek watershed, protecting Turkey Mountain also protects Mooser Creek!!!
Mooser Creek
Volunteers Walt and Gayle not only perform monitoring, they pick up the trash that so often plagues the stream that flows from SW Tulsa and enters the Arkansas River just south of Interstate 44.

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