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2014 Duck Creek Mast Production

Fall Harvest Cropping Up

As we flip the calendar forward into October and feel the cool nights, farmers are busy in the fields harvesting their crops. In the timber a different type of crop is ripening and it is time to evaluate the extent of acorns in the bottomland forest canopy.

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Ducks at Duck Creek Conservation Area

MDC And DU Dedication This Weekend

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Ducks Unlimited (DU) invite the public to attend a celebration and dedication of the Duck Creek Conservation Area (CA) in Bollinger, Stoddard, and Wayne Counties, celebrating the renovations completed to date. The dedication will be held Oct. 11, at the area’s headquarters, beginning at 10 a.m.

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Photograph of a female Hooded Merganser swimming with chicks

Summary of 2014 Breeding Wood Ducks and Hooded Mergansers on Duck Creek

Although the September teal season brings into focus the upcoming waterfowl season, it is also the time in which we reflect on the ducks that were produced on Duck Creek.

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Open Water on Pool 1

2014 Teal Season Details at Duck Creek

Duck Creek and Dark Cypress Swamp will be open for teal hunting and here is what conditions will look like...

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Surveying for Bugs

Sometimes it is the little things...

Last week I was out looking to see what kind of food would be available for early season migrants like blue-winged teal.

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Looking For Critters

A Swiss-Army Knife, the Weather, and Wetlands:

The other night I sat outside in the shade and enjoyed the cool breeze and pondered the weather, the function of a good multi-tool like a Gerber or Swiss-army knife, and their relation to wetlands...

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Submerged Snails near Arrowhead

Watching the Grass Grow, Really?

Some may think that there isn’t much to see in a wetland during the summer. With spring migration long since passed and several sultry months to go before the activity of fall migration begins, what is there to look at and enjoy in a wetland? It is a good question.

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New Fishing Docks on Pool 1

Ready for Fishing Over the Fourth

The weather has cooperated enough to get a little bit of work done in the last few weeks.

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Photo shows American lotus flower pod at Duck Creek CA

Pool 1: Upcoming Partial Day Closure, June 18th Update

We wanted to let folks know that Pool 1 on Duck Creek will be closed to fishing for one partial day, which has yet to be determined, from first light of day until the completion of the job.

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Siren Mug Shot

Creature Feature: Godzilla Sequel?

Five hundred years ago maps from the old-world showed fantastic mythical beasts lurking ...

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Grandpas Tractor

Of Marshes and Machines

Although I grew up in a small town, I learned at an early age on my grandpa’s farm that nothing runs like a big green tractor.

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Submergent Algae

The 3 R's of Earth Day...A Wetland Mantra?

Perhaps you have heard the slogan, “Reuse, Reduce, and Recycle” this week as folks have focused on Earth Day and tried to highlight ways to “go green”...

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Newly hatched tadpoles in palm of hand.

Spring Is In The Air ... And Water

The past several days feel like spring might actually show up and stay for a while. The warmer temperatures and rolling thunderstorms seem to indicate there might be a chance of May flowers after all.

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MDC to add ADA accessible fishing platforms, courtesy docks at Duck Creek CA

PUXICO, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces construction is slated to begin March 17 on boat ramps and fishing docks on Pool 1 at Duck Creek Conservation Area (CA).

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Pickerel Fishing

Form, Function, and Fishing

Last week the ice thawed out and temperatures rose briefly to tease us about the coming of spring. With that reminder, I thought I’d touch on another public use at Duck Creek that should be heating up.

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Walk in the woods

Antidote for Cabin Fever

This winter has been something else. The blasts of arctic air combined with every kind of wintery precipitation have cancelled schools, depleted road salt supplies, and ushered many folks indoors.

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Foraging Tundra Swans

Another Fowl Arctic Visitor

I know many of us have foul words for the polar vortex pattern this winter...

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Frozen Cricket-frog

Frogsicles

Freezing temperatures are for the birds; at least they can migrate south if they feel like it. Other critters that can’t spread their wings are not as fortunate and have to hunker down and tough out winter’s chill.

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