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Sep 16

Early Morning On A Marsh

Posted to Naturally Speaking with Steve Lekwa by Erica Place

The blue-winged teal is one of North America's smaller ducks. They're members of the puddle duck, or dabbler, family that includes mallards and several other species. Teal, in particular, love shallow water with lots of vegetation. Most of them nest in the vast area of prairie pothole wetlands that extends from northwest Iowa, across the Dakotas, and into Canada's prairie provinces. Last spring's excessive rain filled lots of shallow wetland basins and encouraged more than the usual number of teal pairs to stay and nest here.

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Jul 08

Quick HGP Update

Posted to The Greenprint by Erica Place

  • Earthwork around campground continues for jetty construction, boat ramp expansion, and bridge to the island.
  • Fishing jetty construction has begun at the shop hillside. 
  • Sediment removal in East Game (portion of lake East of 680th) is underway. There is a total of 56,000 yards of sediment to be removed from this location. 
  • Lake dewatering is proceeding to lower lake. A 24” pipe has been installed through the dam and will be extended in to the lake bed. Once this is complete the dam will be rebuilt to pre-construction condition.  
  • Secondary Roads is working hard on reopening 680th at the tubes. Large rain events had caused undercutting beneath the road. The road is set to be opened in the next couple of weeks. 
The park (except the campgrounds and Snow Bunting Lodge) remains closed to the public during this active construction period. 

Hickory Grove Aerial
Photo by Nick Lennie