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Teal Ridge Wetlands: A New Discovery with Deb

Updated on April 24, 2012
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Discovery

Teal Ridge Wetlands is a 23-acre Stillwater, OK municipal park which serves as wildlife habitat and floodwater management. It is located at 19th and Walnut St. It features interpretive displays that can be seen while walking over trails, concrete walkways, and boardwalks winding throughout the wetland. The paths are well maintained, and it is a quiet place to observe wildlife and enjoy the outdoors.

Plenty of Areas for Observation

A few benches are strategically placed throughout the area, there is an observation blind, and a covered pavilion. I spent a couple of hours there today and observed Red Winged Blackbirds, Eastern Bluebirds, Northern Shovelers, Ruddy Ducks, Mallards, Canada Geese, Killdeer, Carolina Wrens, and water snakes. By no means did I cover the entire area, but I did notice beautiful natural resources that have not been altered.

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Beautiful Layout

The area is dominated by an assortment of marsh grasses and lower lying plants and vegetation. There are plenty of places for creatures of the marshland to take cover, and I truly enjoyed the natural beauty of the area along with the birds that it provided cover for. There are a number of nest boxes for ducks and birds to raise young in a beautiful and completely natural habitat.

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Beautiful and Handicapped Accessible

Teal Ridge Wetlands is a place that I hope to be able to visit periodically to observe wildlife and take photographic memories for the pleasure of preserving those experiences. While in the area, I hope that could be your plan, too. This area is also handicapped accessible.

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Northern Shoveler with Ruddy Ducks
Northern Shoveler with Ruddy Ducks | Source

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    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Mini, I have always been an advocate of consistency, and I DO enjoy my MAC.

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      Mini 

      3 years ago

      Konqi: The thing is, KDE and Gnome are two separate dkosteps that happen to be able to run each other's software (and who share quite a few things behind the scenes these days). Making GTK controls look like Qt ones or vice versa isn't enough. A Gnome app doesn't *feel* the same as a KDE one. You wouldn't expect an app targetting KDE to use the Gnome HIG, or vice versa.As the author of a GTK/Gnome app, I wouldn't be the least bit offended about a KDE user looking for a Qt equivalent to it.I guess Windows users don't kick up a fuss about consistency because they're so used to apps being inconsistent on that platform -- even Microsoft's own offerings don't look like each other (compare Windows Explorer, IE, WMP, Office, etc). I would argue that MacOS users very definitely *do* care about it.Fortunately there is a solution to all this duplication of effort, and that is D-BUS. For example, if there was an amarok-dbus-service, it would be relatively easy to create separate Qt and GTK front-ends for it. Then the people writing the GTK front-end could go ahead and systematically remove options and functionality until all that was left were "play" and "next track" buttons a la the iPod shuffle, whereas the people writing the Qt front-end could go ahead and make sure every pixel of screen space was covered in a button of some sort, and add seven or eight configuration dialogues in case there's an option somewhere that might not be accessible to the user. Et voila, now it fits in perfectly to both dkosteps ;)

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      In the short time that I have been in OK, I have learned that I am across the street from THE most amazing place. Glad that you liked this piece.

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      Paula 

      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Aviannovice, I liked this hub and I love places like this that are a sanctuary of sorts for birds and other wildlife. I have to admit, I wouldn't have thought this place would be in Oklahoma, and it shows I am still learning about it. It is neat to see the different states that such cool places to learn about.

      Thanks for sharing about this neat wetland in Stillwater Oklahoma.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      It is enriching to discover and become familiar with new places. I hope to go there again.

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      gamby79 

      6 years ago

      It is a great place! Great 'discovering' it with you!!! :)

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