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By: queenie (offline) on Wednesday, February 10 2010 @ 01:19 AM EST (Read 9637 times)  
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Welcome to the continuation of my Wappapello Eagles thread from this past nesting season. The eagle nest is in the Spillway Recreation Area on Wappapello Lake in Missouri. Located in the southeastern Ozark foothills of Missouri, the Spillway Recreation Area on the Wappapello Lake Project is a place the family can enjoy. Lake Wappapello is about 8,500 acres and stretches for 30 miles along the valley of the St. Francis River. The source of the name is unclear, but Wappapello is probably what pioneers called a Shawnee Indian chief whose name was similar. It is about 100 miles south of the St. Louis area. {there are many regular visitors from St. Louis and surrounding cities due to the State Park on the other side of the lake, hosting several campgrounds, swimming beaches, etc.}
The lake is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a flood control reservoir, which means most of its banks are wild and natural, except for places that provide necessary services. Bird watchers will enjoy viewing eagles at Wappapello year round now, with nests on and near the lake. In winter, Missouri is the nation's major wintering ground for eagles and many of them show up at Wappapello.
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Eagle and wildlife photos from Mingo National Wildlife Refuge , Duck Creek, and surrounding lake areas will also be included. Located in the upper end of the lower Mississippi River valley, Mingo Refuge, at 21,592 acres, is the largest remnant of bottomland hardwoods remaining out of an original 2 1/2 million acres in the Missouri bootheel. A major migration and wintering area for migratory waterfowl, populations of 125,000 mallards and 75,000 Canada geese have been recorded. Bald eagles have been successively nesting on the refuge since 1985.
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The eagles that we were watching after the 2008 nesting season, at another lake closer to home; abandoned their nest, after a disaster icestorm January 2009~but we continue to check for them and still enjoy the heron, ducks, geese and other wildlife in that area.~~Link to Previous Season


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By: queenie (offline) on Wednesday, February 10 2010 @ 01:29 AM EST  
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By: queenie (offline) on Wednesday, February 10 2010 @ 01:34 AM EST  
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By: queenie (offline) on Wednesday, February 10 2010 @ 01:39 AM EST  
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Eagles working on their new nest, Fall of 2009~November & December

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By: edkeagle (offline) on Wednesday, February 10 2010 @ 01:54 AM EST  
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Hi Queenie:

Glad to see you on the new forum. I'm still struggling with a few things but I'll get there eventually. One day you'll have to tell me how you arrange your photos. It looks like you do a lot of work to bring all those images together. -- Ed


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