Blog Posts from Duck Creek CA Updates - 2014

Journeys of a Commoner

Dec 23, 2014

Mallards are abundant and have a wide distribution across the continent and are quite a common duck. Lucky for us, concentrations of these waterfowl primarily occur in the Mississippi Flyway both on the breeding and wintering grounds so they fly through Missouri on their way to and from twice a year.

Photo of male mallard in flight

Whole Foods

Nov 19, 2014

I always enjoy seeing what is happening in the marsh. Whether it is while you’re picking up decoys or tromping back through the muck to the truck, you never know what you may see.

Duck foods under decoys

To Dine As A Duck

Nov 13, 2014

Getting out into the duck marsh or the deer woods this time of year allows for extra time to sit and think...

Mallard Bill

2014 Middle Zone Opener at Duck Creek

Oct 29, 2014

Here are a few quick updates for the Middle Zone opener at Duck Creek this weekend on November 1st.

Greenbrier Unit Update: Duck Creek Renovation

Oct 22, 2014

An update to what is being put on the ground at the Greenbrier Unit.

Greenbrier Unit’s, Field 1

Youth Waterfowl Hunt At Duck Creek

Oct 21, 2014

Duck Creek will have 18 positions available plus 3 at Dark Cypress for the youth waterfowl hunt this weekend, October 25th and 26th.

Youth Duck Hunter

Fall Harvest Cropping Up

Oct 10, 2014

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.

2014 Duck Creek Mast Production

MDC And DU Dedication This Weekend

Oct 09, 2014

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.

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

Sep 19, 2014

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.

Photograph of a female Hooded Merganser swimming with chicks.

2014 Teal Season Details at Duck Creek

Sep 05, 2014

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

Open Water on Pool 1

Sometimes it is the little things...

Aug 29, 2014

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

Surveying for Bugs

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

Aug 07, 2014

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...

Looking For Critters

Watching the Grass Grow, Really?

Jul 11, 2014

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.

Submerged Snails near Arrowhead

Ready for Fishing Over the Fourth

Jul 01, 2014

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

New Fishing Docks on Pool 1

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

May 28, 2014

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.

Photo shows American lotus flower pod at Duck Creek CA

Creature Feature: Godzilla Sequel?

May 27, 2014

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

Siren Mug Shot

Of Marshes and Machines

May 13, 2014

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.

Grandpas Tractor

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

Apr 24, 2014

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”...

Submergent Algae

Spring Is In The Air ... And Water

Apr 04, 2014

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.

Newly hatched tadpoles in palm of hand.

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

Mar 13, 2014

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).