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Photo of dirt pan construction at Duck Creek CA.

August 2011 Progress Report: Units A and B Renovation

Conditions were extremely dry at the end of July when the dirt work began in Units A and B. It was great to get things moving forward. Over the last few weeks the isolated thunderstorms have knocked the dust back down and allowed for the soil to pick up some much needed moisture.

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aquatic plants in cul-de-sac wetland

Cul-de-sac Wetland

Aquatic plants like thalia, duck potato, and mud plantain occur in locations that are flooded longer through the growing season. These areas are valuable habitats that provide cover, bugs and snails to early fall migrating waterfowl. These areas are also used by wood duck broods, herps and native fish. The Cul-de-sac Unit at Otter Slough is a good example of where we’ve planted and managed water levels to promote this diverse wetland community.

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Left image shows ditch with trees; right image shows shallow ditch in field

Ditch Work

Before November 2011, we filled in a one-mile section of ditch that bisected Units A and B and allowed water to bypass the area. Now the ditch matches the surrounding elevations so that shallowly flooded ground in Units A and B can be better used.

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Missouri farmers can reduce Gulf oil spill’s impact on birds

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NRCS estimates Missouri will have $1.9 million to help private landowners improve habitat for migratory birds. Sign-up period ends Aug. 1.

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pickerel weed with broad leaves and purple flower spikes

Pickerel Weed Ponds

We don’t always have to plant native species in wetlands. Seeds often remain viable for many years in wetland soils. However, after the kind of soil disturbance that occurs with wetland restoration activities, it can take a little bit of time for certain areas to revegetate. Planting desired species that spread through their root systems can help us jump-start the plant community and provide quality habitat in a shorter amount of time. Thalia, duck potato and pickerel weed are a few of the species we are raising in pools this year that will be planted in Unit A and B next year.

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