Blog Posts from Duck Creek CA Updates - 2011

Tis the Season

Dec 20, 2011

'Tis the season to get together with family and friends … even those who we may not always see eye to eye with. In a similar vein, that is what the North American Conservation Wetlands Act is about.

Mingo NWR Public Meeting: Hunting Opportunity

Dec 14, 2011

Mingo National Wildlife Refuge is developing a hunting plan and wants your input.

This Old House

Nov 23, 2011

If you’re like me, over the year you’ve tinkered on a couple home-improvement projects or have done some repair work to keep things in working order. In a way, you can think about the Duck Creek renovation as refurbishing an old house. I think this analogy works well for Duck Creek, and I’m going to see how far I can take it.

Delay in flooding Pool 8

Nov 18, 2011

If you’ve being keeping up with the blog, we’ve mentioned flooding Pool 8 in November a couple of times. The decision to flood has been delayed, and we wanted to pass this along to keep you informed.

Recharging the ole batteries

Nov 10, 2011

I don’t know about you, but this time of year recharges my batteries.

Flash In The Pin

Nov 01, 2011

In the last month we collected data in the timber at Duck Creek, Mingo and a few of our other forested conservation areas in Southeast Missouri. While I was out there, I saw something that caught my eye.

Closeup view of green pin oak leaves

Waterfowl Hunting Update

Oct 28, 2011

Here is our latest update on waterfowl hunting positions available for the opening weekend at Duck Creek Conservation Area.

Duck Creek CA pool

Fall 2011 Renovation Update

Oct 21, 2011

I realize folks will be checking in as we get closer to waterfowl season. I thought I'd try something new in attempt to bring everyone up to speed.

Youth Waterfowl Weekend

Oct 20, 2011

Waterfowl hunting will be available for youth hunters age 15 and younger on Saturday, Oct. 22 and Sunday, Oct. 23 at Duck Creek Conservation Area.

2011 Mast Survey: Another Nutty Year

Sep 28, 2011

It is that time of year again. Let's see how nutty things are at Duck Creek.

Graph showing 2011 mast crop summary for Duck Creek CA

Dirt Today, Teal Tomorrow

Sep 16, 2011

While Duck Creek doesn’t typically provide much teal-hunting opportunity, in the coming years we should be able to increase the amount of teal-friendly habitat during this time of year.

aquatic plants in cul-de-sac wetland

Progress Update: Pool 2 Road

Sep 08, 2011

I mentioned last month that the Duck Creek renovation has been reminding me of renovating a house. House improvement projects, at least in my experience, don’t always go as quickly or as smoothly as planned. Progress occurs, but the completion of the work doesn’t always happen when you had originally intended.

Resloped area between road and ditch

August 2011 Progress Report: Units A and B Renovation

Aug 25, 2011

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.

Photo of dirt pan construction at Duck Creek CA.

Summer Wood Duck Banding 2011

Aug 09, 2011

This year we have continued to trap and band wood ducks at Duck Creek to help with efforts to monitor the breeding population of wood ducks on our managed wetland areas.

Closeup photo of biologist putting a metal band on a wood duck's leg

One man's trash...

Aug 03, 2011

A couple weeks ago I went into detail about the aquatic plants in Pool 1. Over the last 10 years American lotus has expanded in parts of the lake. The expansion of this plant is an annoyance to anglers and a concern for biologists. However, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. From this perspective I thought it would be interesting to explore some of the other uses of this plant.

Photo shows American lotus flower pod at Duck Creek CA

Duck Creek Waterfowl Hunting Outlook 2011-2012

Aug 03, 2011

It is getting close to fall, and folks are looking forward to waterfowl season. Here is Duck Creek’s outlook for the 2011-2012 season based on the current rate of construction and water levels in Pool 1.

Too Much of a Good Thing

Jul 21, 2011

Pool 1 and the plants that call it home are definitely a challenge to manage and fish through. However, this very habitat is why folks have filled their coolers with fish over the last 60 years.

Lotus in a pool at Duck Creek CA

Dirty Deeds

Jul 13, 2011

The temperature isn’t the only thing heating up around Duck Creek this summer. The construction activity on the area is also increasing.

photo of moist soil plants at Duck Creek CA

Short-Term Fishing Opportunity, Long-Term Waterfowl-Hunting Opportunity

Jul 13, 2011

We are having a fish salvage between now and Aug. 15 at the five fish ponds on the east side of Duck Creek, approximately 0.7 mile south of the main Duck Creek entrance along Highway 51. These ponds will be drained shortly, and we would like to maximize the public use of this resource.

Photo of fish salvage focus area map

Pool 1 still accessible over the 4th: Re-routing Traffic

Jun 30, 2011

If you’re traveling over this holiday weekend and are heading towards Duck Creek with intentions to fish Pool 1 and enjoy the area, we’d love to have you. We are in the middle of some construction work on the bridge that crosses from Pool 2 to Pool 1 and are currently re-routing traffic around the main entrance road.