Duck Creek CA Updates

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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

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

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

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.

Bowfin Factoid

Jun 27, 2011

After the fun of field work follows the drudgery of data entry. It is the necessary evil of collecting and utilizing information. However, this is all part of the scientific process and can lead to further understanding of the ecology of critters. Over the last few weeks I came across some Duck Creek history and a couple cool nuggets of knowledge from previous research that I thought I'd pass on.