Welcome to the Spring Creek Coalition Website!
Mission: to unite as citizens and actively engage in the preservation of the Spring Creek Watershed.
On Tuesday, October 29, the Cherokee Nation joined with Spring Creek Coalition to tackle a long-standing dump site at the Rocky Ford area. Trent, Virgil and Steve of the Cherokee Nation used a backhoe to fill a very large 15 cubic yard dump truck twice with debris from the dump. Meanwhile, several members of SCC scoured the park area and stream banks to fill sacks by hand. "I must have picked up 15 baby diapers," lamented Martin Rooney.
The next Saturday, November 2, 10 members turned out to fill over 30 bags with trash in the Cave Springs area. They picked their way along both sides of the low-water bridge crossing. Working in teams, they cleaned up both sides of the dirt road leading into the area.
Some of the best parts of a fall clean up are the beautiful weather - colors were close to peak - and the fellowship. After two hours of work, we enjoyed hot dogs and chilli cooked over an open fire, bean salad, and homemade brownies. Before heading home we worked as a team resurecting our Spring Creek Watershed sign on highway 82. Tired and well-fed, we left with a real feeling of accomplishment.
Look for bald eagles along Spring Creek. Migratory bald eagles arrive from their northern breeding grounds in early October, remain throughout the winter, and leave to head north again by the end of March.
During the day, bald eagles are most likely found near water where they search for and feed on fish and waterfowl. They also eat carrion. On smaller tributaries such as Spring Creek, eagles are usually spaced out along the waterway. On larger bodies of water such as reservoirs with more concentrated food sources, they may be found in very large groups.
Keep your eyes peeled because you can see bald eagles nearly anywhere in northeastern Oklahoma during winter. "I have seen them flying over the Northeastern State University campus," notes Mia Revels, Professor of Biology at NSU in Tahlequah, "perched on a utility pole in downtown Tahlequah, and sitting on a cow carcass in the middle of a pasture on Highway 62!"
Keep your ears open. You may hear the impressive "whomp, whomp" sound of a large bird in flight and turn in time to see a bald eagle heading up Spring Creek.