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Depressions from Foraging Ducks

The Many Meanings of Muddy Water

What comes to mind when you hear “Muddy Water”?

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Dissection of a Mallard gizzard

Look what cropped up

As you are laying out in the marsh, watching clouds roll by, waiting for the next batch of ducks to come into sight, do you ever wonder what they are looking for?

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Ringneck Scaup Comparison

Your guide to a dead ringer

If you’ve been duck hunting at Duck Creek this year or in years past, no doubt you’ve probably had a group of black and white ducks buzz over your decoy spread...

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Flooded Distribution Channel and Unit 18

Waterfowl Opener at Duck Creek, November 3rd

With the opener fast approaching, Duck Creek staff are busy getting all their ducks in a row so to speak...

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Youth Waterfowl Weekend: Duck Creek Opportunities

Sorry for the late notice, but the flooding situation at Duck Creek has been rather fluid since we turned the wells on.

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The Missouri Wetland Bundle

Do you enjoy the constant satellite TV, cable and phone companies trying to get you to switch services for the better deal?

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Duck Decoy Carving

Wetland Field Day: Thank you

Last weekend's 75th Anniversary/Wetland Field Day was very successful...

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Wells are operational

Moving in the Right Direction: Units A and B

Just a brief update on the wells in Units A and B.

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MDC/DU Wetlands Field Day: Come Out and Join Us

We invite you to come out and enjoy an autumn day in the swamp with us on October 13th between 9am and 1pm.

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Brief Update on Units A and B: September, 2012

It has been a couple weeks since our last post and I wanted to give you an update on where we stand with the work in Units A and B.

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Effective Wingshooting Clinic

With the upcoming waterfowl season, it is always good to knock the dust off and hone your skills prior to opening day.

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Flooded slough with vegetation

Quick Hits

Similar to the recent NFL preseason, over the last few weeks at Duck Creek we’ve been disappointed by the lack of development in some situations, but pleasantly surprised by the glimmer of potential in others. Here are some quick hits of what’s going on...

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Wild Turkeys

Everyday Wildlife Encounters Remind Us How Far We've Come

Going for a wildlife walk? Don't forget to take your camera—and take a moment to reflect on our conservation success stories.

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Empty Nest

As the kids go back to school, your house may not be the only empty nest in the area. This summer’s drought conditions also had an impact on breeding wood ducks at Duck Creek Conservation Area.

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Duck Creek Hunting Update: August 2012

Cooler temperatures may have you thinking about the upcoming fall hunting seasons. Here we give you an idea of how things are shaping up at Duck Creek CA.

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Aquatic plant, pickerel weed, being grown in a nursery

Transitioning

As the construction contract comes to a close, we’ve been assessing the habitat conditions and moving on to habitat management. In the months to come there will be many transitions.

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Clusters of yellow-green algae

Scum of the Earth

So at the beginning of May I was checking on things out at Duck Creek and stumbled upon something I hadn’t encountered before…little green orbs or spheres scattered across the top of the ground.

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Large Water Control Structure

June 2012 Renovation Update

Over the last two weeks the contractors have continued to tie up loose ends on the job site.

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Aerial photo of flooding on Duck Creek CA's Pools 1,2 and 3

Reporting on Last Spring's Historic Flood Event

While the contractors are busy making progress in Unit A, I thought I’d take a little bit of time to give a short report. Check out the video link to see what we found.

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Installing a water control structure

Heating Up At Duck Creek

Things are heating up at Duck Creek, and it isn’t just the temperatures.

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Evaluating plant growth

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Last week we went out into units A and B to see what plants were coming up so that we could start scratching out a game plan for this summer and fall. As we surveyed the area we encountered the good, the bad and the ugly.

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Newly hatched wood ducks

Potpourri of Activity

As March Madness comes to a close, a couple of different tidbits of news have come through that might be of interest to you.

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March Madness

While most folks may think that March Madness only applies to the NCAA basketball tournament. Here are a few reasons it could apply to Duck Creek CA as well.

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Mallards in flooded timber

Looking Good for Spring Break

Some turn their eyes south to the Gulf Coast as spring break approaches. However, in the waterfowl world, many birds are coming back from this region. Some of these birds may spend their “spring break” in a wetland near you.

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photo of a wood duck

Fair Weather Fowl

The mild temperatures, blossoming maples and rash of tornadoes have made it feel like spring is already here. At Duck Creek and Mingo, dabbling ducks have been passing through as part of their spring migration.

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meander shows sediment deposits

Working with Water

Last month I mentioned that I’d give an update on what things look like in units A and B. Here is a video that illustrates what has happened with our stream-restoration work over the winter.

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Image of a swamp rabbit

Drawn to Wetlands

What do waterfowl have to do with swamp rabbits? Take a few minutes and I'll show you what the connection is.

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2011 Duck Creek Waterfowl Wrap-Up

Well, another waterfowl season has come to a close. Once again, this year was different from the last.

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Graph that shows rainfall in Dexter, Mo. the fall of 2011

2011 Wrap-up and Units A and B Update

As waterfowl season comes to a close I hope you were able to make some pleasurable memories at Duck Creek this fall. Here is a little re-cap of this fall and what we expect to happen in the next year.

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