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Update re Horseshoe Lake State Park....Today at noon saw a few ducks, cormorants, a snowy (I think - bad angle) a couple of Little and Great Blue Herons from the IL 111 park causeway,  
  All the vegetation is at least a foot long and bent over with no mud flat borders as there had been last weekend.   Sigh...
   
  Jackie Chain
   
  
Jackie Chain <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
  Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2007 09:47:32 -0700
From: Jackie Chain <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: STL Area Shorebird Habitat/Columbia Bottom/no sightings
To: [log in to unmask]

FYI for weekend shorebirding: I phoned the Columbia Bottom CA to check if they had begun pumping water back into the dry pools in preparation for shorebirds and ducks. The answer was that they had begun, but had experienced malfunctions in the pumping systems and that it is currently halted awaiting repairs. We can probably assume Riverlands remains bone dry, but haven't been up there for a week. 

At Horseshoe Lake State Park IL, there has been some natural seepage back into the pumped-out side of the causeway but no pumping back as of now. Last Saturday there were still shorebirds present there.

I do not have an update on Hwy 79 corridor conditions since last Saturday when the slough waters were high all the way to the slough mouth with the Mississippi. At that time the rivers were very high as well. Sod farms were being watered, but did not observe any cutting activity.

Jackie Chain
St Louis County

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