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  •  Ok now you've lost me. The whole place is on the (2+ / 0-)
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    jim in IA, duckhunter

    Mo. side of the river isn't it? Or is there more of it in Illinois? The  building I spoke of was just to the left after we turned into the entrance to the area if I remember right.  I think it was just called the visitor center or something like that. They had a whole flock of mounted green heads suspended from the ceiling , a monster non-typical buck mount, a couple of mounted owls, lot's of other stuff like that, very cool place. Have the trumpeters been through yet? I don't know when they migrate. Only saw them once and that was in the spring, one pair, many years ago.

    Just give me some truth. John Lennon--- OWS------Too Big To Fail

    by burnt out on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 08:25:39 PM PST

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    •  There is an observation tower and Lewis and Clark (0+ / 0-)

      museum on the east side of the confluence.  The museum has a pretty large natural history exhibit and lifesize model of one of the expeditions keel boats.

      I am pretty sure the visitor center you visited was the one sponsored by the Audobon Society.  

      The Trumpeters come down in mid to late December, or once everything up north is frozen.  They arrive around the same time as the largest migration of eagles.

      The water above and below the lock and dam remains open in all but the coldest weather.  The swans stay out on the river, in the big water between the West Alton Bridge and the lock during the day, and roost on the MO side in the US FWS and Corps' bird sanctuaries just on the other side of the road from the river.  They swans are not hard to find.

      The eagles congregate in the trees along the banks of the same stretch of river but mostly below the lock and dam, and the slough on the IL side, just down from the bridge.

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