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 On a run this evening at Castlewood SP saw 1 adult and 1 juv MISSISSIPPI 
KITE hunting low over the field .Heard a SUMMER TANAGER and some PEWEES up in the 
woods.
 Mainly want to bring up a topic that has been touched upon a few times on 
mobirds but dont think it hurts to bring up again.
 That is birders,usually being more aware and alert than most park 
users,keeping and extra eye out for people illegally collecting various criiters , 
plants,artifacts or poaching
 Tonight in the park I came across a couple of dudes who were obviously i 
collecting snakes illegally.Played the part of an intimidating hard arse and 
succeded in coaxing them to give it up and boogie off(probably to another area 
park to try again) I certainly DO NOT suggest anybody confronting people doing 
this stuff(im simple and dont know any better) but at the very least try to get 
a hold of a ranger,police officer and let them know whats up.
  Seems  in the last few years as suburbia encroaches on many of the St Louis 
area parks, in particularCastlewood,Rockwoods,Babler,Busch, many 
"professional"type collectors are starting to appear with more frequency.Not just people 
collecting animals but Indian artifact diggers ecspecially along the Meremac 
River corridor
 So next time in the field keep and extra eye out for these critter bandidos 
who are actually stealing  natural heritage that belong to all Missourians
-Mike Brady

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