|Red Slough Wildlife Management Area|
Red Slough WMA is a 5,814 acre project designed to restore hydrology and re-establish bottomland hardwoods. This property is enrolled in the Wetland Reserve Program and is cooperatively managed by the U.S. Forest Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Con...
Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge
|Description: Protecting important wetlands along the Deep Fork River, Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oklahoma is a newcomer to the National Wildlife Refuge System. Established in 1993, the 8696-acre refuge is subject to flooding at least once a year. This flooding results in excellent conditions for waterfowl, including mallard, blue-winged teal, shoveler, pintail, and wood ducks.|
Wildlife to Watch: The refuge is new and facilities are few. However, the staff welcomes visitors to observe and photograph wildlife year-round on all parts of the refuge with public access. Visitors should see peak numbers of birds during spring migration. Dragonflies poise over wetlands, where turtles bask in the sunshine on favorite logs. Colorful butterflies pollinate wildflowers.
Wood ducks nest in quiet sloughs off the Deep Fork River. Great blue herons flap in and out of a tree rookery. Flocks of blue-winged teal, gadwall, and mallards land in wetlands, wings flashing in the evening light. Thousands of mallard ducks call the refuge their winter home. Channel catfish and carp swim into river sloughs after floods.
Special Tips: Cussetah Bottoms Boardwalk trail hosts several interpretive panels which allow visitors to improve their knowledge of the bottomland hardwood forest and the wildlife which relies upon the forest for food, shelter, and nesting space.
Ownership: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Size: 8696 acres
Closest Town: Okmulgee
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