Join us for an interactive, lunchtime virtual gathering as part of our Nature Connects Us webinar series. It’s a chance to hear from our leading scientists and conservation experts about tackling climate change, protecting land and water to create a sustainable future for Oklahoma.
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Hike-a-long at the Blue River
April 21, 2021 | 12pm CT
Have you ever seen the headwaters of a river? Now you can!
Celebrate Earth Day with us by tuning in for a virtual hike-a-long at a unique river in Oklahoma. Watershed Health Director, Kimberly Elkin, will take us on an exclusive journey to see the bubbling springs and headwaters of the Blue River in southern Oklahoma.
This river is one of only two rivers in Oklahoma that remains undammed from its headwater source all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. The Blue River is also home to the rarest tree in the United States—the seaside alder. Seaside alder has the most highly disconnected distribution of any tree species in North America as it is found in only two other locations, Georgia and Delaware, with very small population numbers.
Even the fish are unique to the Blue River. The upper Blue River is a center of divergence for a variety of fishes including a mix of Ozark and pre-glacial Ouachita River species like the southern redbelly dace and logperch. But the river doesn’t stop there! Three Blue River subspecies of darter– orangebelly darter, orangethroat darter and least darter–may eventually be described as separate species based on genetic studies.
The headwaters of the Blue River are protected by private property ownership and are not open to the public. Don’t miss this opportunity to see this rare, naturally pristine place in Oklahoma! Bring your virtual waders or rubber boots, your digital feet will get wet!