2012

The Many Meanings of Muddy Water

Depressions from Foraging Ducks
What comes to mind when you hear “Muddy Water”? More
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Look what cropped up

Dissection of a Mallard gizzard
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? More
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Your guide to a dead ringer

Ringneck Scaup Comparison
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... More
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Waterfowl Opener at Duck Creek, November 3rd

Flooded Distribution Channel and Unit 18
With the opener fast approaching, Duck Creek staff are busy getting all their ducks in a row so to speak... More
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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. More
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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? More
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Wetland Field Day: Thank you

Duck Decoy Carving
Last weekend's 75th Anniversary/Wetland Field Day was very successful... More
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Moving in the Right Direction: Units A and B

Wells are operational
Just a brief update on the wells in Units A and B. More
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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. More
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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. More

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. More
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Quick Hits

Flooded slough with vegetation
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... More
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Everyday Wildlife Encounters Remind Us How Far We've Come

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

Aquatic plant, pickerel weed, being grown in a nursery
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. More
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Scum of the Earth

Clusters of yellow-green algae
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. More
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June 2012 Renovation Update

Large Water Control Structure
Over the last two weeks the contractors have continued to tie up loose ends on the job site. More
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Reporting on Last Spring's Historic Flood Event

Aerial photo of flooding on Duck Creek CA's Pools 1,2 and 3
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. More
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Heating Up At Duck Creek

Installing a water control structure
Things are heating up at Duck Creek, and it isn’t just the temperatures. More
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Underrated Journeymen

Semipalmated Plover
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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Evaluating plant growth
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. More
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Potpourri of Activity

Newly hatched wood ducks
As March Madness comes to a close, a couple of different tidbits of news have come through that might be of interest to you. More
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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. More
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Looking Good for Spring Break

Mallards in flooded timber
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. More
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Fair Weather Fowl

photo of a wood duck
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. More
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Working with Water

meander shows sediment deposits
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. More
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Drawn to Wetlands

Image of a swamp rabbit
What do waterfowl have to do with swamp rabbits? Take a few minutes and I'll show you what the connection is. More
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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. More
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2011 Wrap-up and Units A and B Update

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