Blog Posts from Duck Creek CA Updates - 2015

Migrating Questions

Dec 18, 2015

Bird migration is a phenomenon that has puzzled and intrigued people intellects for thousands of years.

Hen Mallard

Calibrating Our Internal Sights

Dec 02, 2015

During the holidays and into the New Year a lot of people reflect and recalibrate their sights on what is important to them. Before and during the hunting season, examining what it takes to have a quality hunt can also be helpful.


Wetland Renovation Construction Update Fall 2015

Nov 17, 2015

There are some local sayings that come from years of observing the patterns and can be treated as good rules of thumb.

Restored Slough

2015 Waterfowl Season Outlook at Duck Creek

Oct 28, 2015

As waterfowl migration begins to increase and we approach the upcoming hunting season staff are preparing habitat getting ready for the Youth Waterfowl Weekend.

Ducknado: Coming to a Marsh near You

Oct 21, 2015

Since it is October it makes sense to have a spooky tie-in or Halloween related theme. However, I don’t know if the image of "Ducknado", a play off of the SyFy channel’s Sharknado, is exactly creepy.

Descending Waterfowl

Picturesque Paddling

Oct 02, 2015

Being outside and observing nature has a way of recharging my batteries...

Birding By Boat

2015 Teal Season Information For Duck Creek

Sep 09, 2015

With teal season starting this weekend here are a few details for those considering hunting at Duck Creek.

Illustration of male and female blue-winged teal in flight

The Healing Power of Pests

Sep 02, 2015

Sometimes it is easy to dismiss parts of nature that seem trivial, annoying, and irrelevant to our daily lives. We like things simple. However...

Blister Beetle

College Towns, Waterfowl, And The Rest Of The Residents

Aug 17, 2015

It is that time of year when summer comes to a close and school starts back up again. If you have ever lived in a college town, you know the community goes under a bit of a transition.

red swamp crayfish

Swamp Thing

Aug 03, 2015

I just have to say, nature is pretty amazing. This summer I was tromping across one of the wetland units at Duck Creek...

New ADA Blind at Duck Creek

Jul 16, 2015

With the recent release of the Breeding Duck Populations Report and the announcement of early migratory bird hunting season dates in Missouri, it may be tempting to daydream about this fall’s waterfowl season.

It’s a bird, it’s a plane. No, it’s….

Jul 01, 2015

Aerobatic evasive maneuvers, radar and radar jamming counter measures, specialized reconnaissance devices, and audible warning systems seem like items that would be on the punch list for the next military aircraft contract with Lockheed or Boeing...

dogbane tiger moth

Nature’s Twist to Multi-cropping

Jun 19, 2015

Multi-cropping is a common agricultural practice that is used to get more production out of one of piece of land. In Missouri, you often see this when wheat is planted in the winter and soybeans follow in the summer. At first glance, natural habitats like wetlands may seem to be quite different. However, if you look closer, multiple “crops” occur here as well.

Piecing Together The Puzzle of History: Part II

Jun 03, 2015

Wetland conservation has come a long way since the 1800’s. Today we realize these habitats aren’t worthless, but provide a range of important benefits...

Pool 1 Over Time

Piecing Together The Puzzle of History: Part I

May 29, 2015

Southeast Missouri and the Mingo Basin have a rich history. Over the last decade or so I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to find various pieces of the puzzle to make sense of the land, water, and what happened as European settlers and subsequent generations lived here over the last 200 years.

Mingo Swamp Plat Map

To Bee Or Not To Bee

May 01, 2015

There is a saying that goes “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”. Not only is this true in human society, but it is also seen in the animal world through mimicry.


Spotlight on Summer Work

Apr 17, 2015

This is an exciting time for the Duck Creek renovation...

Scope of Summer Dirt Work

Spring Cleaning In Preparation for Summer Work

Apr 09, 2015

We are rolling up our sleeves and getting ready for more work on the area this summer. Similar to previous renovation construction, we are connecting smaller pieces of habitat and incorporating them within larger blocks of the area when possible. That means taking down some old levees, wiping out neglected fence lines, and filling in unnecessary ditches.

Recent Clearing Work

All Buffed Up and Ready For Spring

Mar 27, 2015

Although we may still have a few cold spells here and there, the warmer weather has been a welcome change and ushered folks outdoors...

Bufflehead drakes show off their contrasting black and white plumage during thei

Thank You! Yes, You!

Feb 27, 2015

You may not think of it every day, but odds are if you come across this article you are a conservationist. And for that, I want to say...

Hooded Merganser Band Returns