Mobile Migration

Again in 2021 we are hosting a Mobile Migration activity, symbolizing the Tri-Country migration of Monarchs from their northern breeding grounds up along the Canadian/US border south through the US west of the Rockies to their over-wintering grounds in the Oyamel Fir Forest of Central Mexico, a nearly 3000-mile journey! We have chosen six gardens ranging from Oxley Nature Center as our northern-most point, down to the Audubon Society’s Flycatcher Trail in Jenks. In between are some nifty locations of which many of you may be unaware. Feel free to hop on the migration path at any number as you see fit. Signage at each location will tell you something about various aspects of how the migration coincides with stages of a Monarch’s life cycle and the generational progression of their journey! Enjoy and have fun!
  1. Oxley Nature Center– Tucked away in a corner of Mohawk Park, is the hidden jewel of the Tulsa Parks Department. Opened in 1980, it consists of 800 acres of mixed biomes with over 9 miles of trails. Your quest here is to check out the Monarch Way Station next to the entrance to the Nature Center, and the small garden across the parking lot in Fawn Grove. The more adventurous amongst you may opt for a short hike out into the prairie and around the pond.

  2. Creek Nation Council Oak Tree Park– Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, this landmark represents the founding of the city of Tulsa by the Creek Nation after their removal from Alabama to Indian Territory via the Trail of Tears in 1836. Find Tropical Milkweed, Blue Mistflower among other plants, and note the tall Pawpaw trees near the magnificent Burr Oak and the towering abstract sculpture, Morning Prayer representing the ceremonial fires of the Mvskoke People. Pawpaws are the host plant for Zebra Swallowtail butterflies.  Across the street is Stickball Park, recognizing the traditional game of Stickball with a nice bronze sculpture.

  3. The Gathering Place– This amazing 66-acre park won accolades from Time Magazine, USA Today and National Geographic shortly after opening in 2018. It is truly a visual delight for the whole family, with fantastical playground equipment and thousands of carefully tended native plants and ornamental trees to delight the spirit.

  4. Crow Creek Meadow– A tiny, easy-to-overlook locale near Brookside, CCM currently has lots of Senna, the host plant for Cloudless Sulphur’s in buttery yellow bloom. Swing by throughout the year to see what is in season!

  5. Hicks Park Community Center Hicks Park & Community Center is proud to serve East Tulsa neighborhoods and Tulsans across our community. Not only does the park have sports fields, lighted tennis courts, a playground, picnic shelters, and a walking trail. It also has a beautiful monarch habitat directly outside the main recreational center facility.

  6. Flycatcher Trail– Founded by the Tulsa Audubon Society and in conjunction with Jenks Public Schools, this gorgeous outdoor classroom and demonstration garden hosts a plethora of native plant species and the many pollinators drawn to these hosts and nectar sources.

Complete the Mobile Migration and be entered to win a prize!

Just post a selfie in the comments on the Facebook event page at each of the six migration stops with the migration poster in the frame. Sunday evening winners will be drawn to receive either: a Monarchs on the Mountain t-shirt or tote. Winners will be announced on Facebook.

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